the Wings

How to reconcile the multiple functions of offices, a hotel and a restaurant within a carbon neutral ecosystem that is certified BREEAM ‘Excellent’

The airport district saw an enormous amount of business park and individual office development towards the end of the last century. Developments such as Pegasus Park Airport Village, Twin House and many others, turned this district in to a major business zone. There is now a new spectacular development on the table by Ghelamco. Named ‘The Wings’, this daring piece of architecture is set to be constructed by the middle of 2023.

Ghelamco’s latest project The Wings’, with the architectural concept and design by Brussels-based architectural firm Assar,  is set to be  is Belgium’s first certified CO2 and energy neutral office environment, with triple BREEAM Excellent, Well Gold  and DGNB gold certification. Ghelamco states that it is to build 50.000 m² of offices, with a hotel, fitness centre, restaurants and coworking facilities.

The developer says that, along with Assar, it has adopted a holistic approach of sustainability, establishing an exemplary ecosystem for decades to come.

The building itself generates the energy required for all in-house businesses and amenities, without consuming any fossil fuels whatsoever. And recognizing the importance of the workspace for attracting employees, the development partners say that they are placing professional and personal excellence as key, thus, in the war for talent, boosting appeal to high potential members of staff. It says that The Wings establishes advanced and sustainable environments perfectly balancing work and wellbeing on a triple-A location.

programoffices, hotel, fitness, restaurants and coworking facilities
clientGhelamco Belgium
addressCulliganlaan 3, 1030 Diegem Belgium
building typeentertain • live • work
statusunder construction
size50.000 m²
teamarchitect: assar architects
general contractor: Ghelamco
structural engineer: Macobo & Stabo
building services: Macobo & Stabo

This location is of course key. It is right alongside Brussels Airport, which has its own train station serving Brussels centre several times a hour, in a journey taking around twenty minutes. In terms of facilities, The Wings will offer what is described as a vibrant atrium to meet informally and host networking events, a person­alised app to access and manage offices and amenities and garden ter­races to retreat outside and recharge the batteries.

Along with all this, it is likely to be the form of the building, four rounded off rectangles with recessed floors, which takes the eye. A visually appealing shape has come to be recognized as another important factor in creating the type of workspace required in the 21st century, and The Wings clearly comes up to the mark in this respect.