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Competition: Palace Hotel, Brussels

The Palace Hotel in Charles Rogier Square, Brussels
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Swedish hotel developer Pandox has launched a contest for a £19.5 million hotel expansion in Brussels, Belgium

The competition seeks ‘subtle and modest’ proposals to upgrade and extend the historic 1908 Palace Hotel, now known as the Crowne Plaza Le Palace, which occupies a prominent site within the city’s Charles Rogier Square transport hub.

The 6,280m² project, planned to complete in 2021, will deliver an additional 150 hotel rooms along with a 600m² convention centre, an 800m² retail complex, and a rooftop bar with panoramic viewing terrace.

According to the brief: ‘The client hopes to achieve a consistent, integral design approach, both in terms of urban development and architecture, whereby an attractive and high-quality project can take shape, with clear added value for the neighbourhood. Special attention to the volumes, the light and the atmosphere created within these spaces is expected.

‘The client will also be aware of the relevance of the architectural proposals associated with the site, combining the quality of the spaces and their functionality. This will give the whole project a strong architectural character. The project must have a strong guiding principle, a central idea giving the whole project an identity and ensuring its cohesiveness. It will also need to foster the feeling of belonging to the area and having a collective identity, nurturing the qualities associating the project with its environment.’

The eight-storey Palace Hotel was designed by Adhémar Lener and Antoine Pompe in 1908 and today features 354 rooms along with a bar, events space, restaurant and fitness centre. The four-star hotel occupies a prominent corner of Charles Rogier Square which is one of the city’s busiest transport hubs.

The extension will be constructed on a small undeveloped site fronting both the square and Avenue du Boulevard, which was previously occupied by a slip road. Nearby landmarks include the city’s botanical gardens and the 30-storey Manhattan Centre skyscraper.

The completed building will feature 150 rooms, a large convention space capable of being divided into two separate venues, a retail unit and a rooftop bar.

Based in Stockholm, Pandox operates around 122 hotels across 11 northern European countries. 

Five shortlisted teams will be invited to visit the site in January after which the finalists will be expected to draw up conceptual plans and sketches for the project. Details of methodological approaches will also be required.

Second-round bidders will receive around £13,300 each to participate in the design phase and present their proposals to the contest’s advisory committee. Concepts will be judged on their urban quality, inhabitability, technical characteristics and feasibility.

Submissions must be in English and the deadline for applications is 2pm local time, 8 January.

How to apply

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Contact details

Aldert Schaaphok
Director international operations
Pandox AB
Vasagatan 11 - 9th floor
P O Box 15 - SE-101 20 Stockholm

Email: aldert.schaaphok@pandox.com

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