Consortium with OKRA wins award procedure for next phase of the Airport Business District at Brussels Airport

After an extensive award procedure in which various large international architectural firms took part, the partnership of Witteveen+Bos, Benthem Crouwel Architects, OKRA landscape architects and Stramien, with support from planeground airport consultants, was chosen as winner for the execution of the study and design assignment for the next phase of the Airport Business District at Brussels Airport. Our proposal has been rated best for its functionality, durability and flexibility. Additionally it has been praised for its ‘simplicity, readability and clarity’.

More than an airport
Brussels Airport has the ambition to further develop into a fully connected economic center that is much more than just an airport. To this end, the airport wants to further develop its Airport Business District. This provides space for economic activities within an urban context in addition to the airport activities, such as hotels and office buildings. It also includes the development of the intermodal hub, which connects all transport modes at the airport. In addition to the hotel and two office buildings that exist today, a new hotel and office building will be added in the next phase and the intermodal hub will also be realized.

Future proof
For this project, the consortium designed a future-proof concept proposal that consists of a hotel, a high-quality office building and an intermodal hub where the various transport flows are brought together. An important principle in the design is optimal functionality and experience, with safety and sustainability taking precedence. The intention is that travelers can easily find their way between the various traffic flows and that they can easily transfer from one mode of transport to another. The consortium is now working on an architectural study to arrive at a final design, the intention is to be able to present the detailed plans in 2023.