In the middle of Brussels, close to the Brussels canal, you’ll find a building that combines centuries of history with innovation. What used to be beer brewery Belle Vue, is now a hotel and restaurant centre, of which Hotel Belvue, Belgium’s first fully passive hotel is a major part. Architect firm l’Escaut was responsible for the renovation, in which Rockpanel Ply was used as façade cladding.
Industrial hotel centre in Brussels
The development of the former Belle Vue Brewery in Brussels forms part of a sustainable urban regeneration project to rejuvenate the renowned but declining industrial site along the Brussels canal. Renovated according to low-energy standards, the former malt house contains diverse functions including a hotel school, hammam and restaurant. This is complemented by an adjoining new passive tower that accommodates 29 three-star hotel rooms. Other developments on the site include a youth-focused hotel and apartment block.
Creative architectural solutions
The architecture of the malt house renovation and corner tower responds to the challenges of the site and brief in a smart and sensitive way. The continuous facade of the brick brewery presented a closed barrier along the canal, with only limited openings.
The new hospitality functions required more openness and light. To resolve this, the two middle sections of the facade and a part of the roof was cut out from front to back, breaking up the building mass and making it a lot lighter.