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A surface of 66,000 square meters spread over three floors in two separate buildings. An average floor ceiling height of...

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2024, 10.07

eight meters. A volume up to half a million cubic meters. In the middle a 12,009 square meter lobby space. Brick glazed cupolas and inviting double but point mirrored stairs connect upper and middle floor and this by an along sided set of columns. Delivered by the start of the seventies, the PALAIS DES EXPOSITIONS aimed to become the showroom of the power of the heavy metal industry that has marked Europe from Germany to the Netherlands, Belgium and France. By the mid-seventies the tide turned, and the industry faded slowly but steadily away. The floors able to hold up to

3,000 kilograms per square meter never saw full use again. The complex is embedded between the city center - the upper city - and the outskirts of the city - the lower city. The slope on the city side of the ‘Palais des Expos’ barely leaves one floor high visible. On

the other side, all floors are visible. The result was a fracture rather than a connection. The infrastructure of roads and tracks cut off the ‘Palais des Expos’ from the

lower city. On the side of the center, the building appears as it is without actually fitting in with its

surroundings. The foreseen budget was only one-third of what a decent but normal budget would have been for an all over recovery. The call of the competition envisioned that only the 12,000 square meter tall middle lobby of the building would be state of the art in architecture and also zero-energy. The only other requirement was an extra parking level to be created under the building. A surface of 66,000 square meters spread over three floors in two separate buildings. An average floor ceiling height of eight meters. A volume up to half a million cubic meters. In the middle a 12,009 square meter lobby space. Brick glazed cupolas and inviting double but point mirrored stairs connect upper and middle floor and this by an along sided set of columns. Delivered by the start of the seventies, the PALAIS DES EXPOSITIONS aimed to become the showroom of the power of the heavy metal industry that has marked Europe from Germany to the Netherlands, Belgium and France. By the mid-seventies the tide turned, and the industry faded slowly but steadily away. The floors able to hold up to 3,000 kilograms per square meter never saw full use again. The complex is embedded between the...

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