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ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgium
oct 15, 2009
ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgium


‘mediacite’ in liege, belgium by ron arad architects
photo: peter cook

 

 

upon invitation by wilhelm & co., ron arad architects have designed ‘mediacite’, a 40,000 m2 shopping mall in liege. the belgian city used to be
one of the world’s foremost centres of steel production and since in economic decline, the building stands as a symbol of the city’s revitalization.

the mall snakes through the fabric of the refurbished old market at one end, extending a total of 350m long to connect to the
new belgian national television centre at the other. the design of the roof unites these elements through a network of steel ribs which undulate
over the cores of the mall’s length, sculpting the volume of the commercial space below. mirrored into the floor pattern, it draws a sinuous pathway
which pulls one through each of the zones, revealing diverse vistas along the way. as it exits the volume of the main building – at two piazzas linking
the old market and new mall – this overhead ribbed structure wraps downward, merging into the façade to close the envelope.

the futuristically shaped pier, which combines the latest technologies and materials, has earned the reeam international environmental accreditation
which is a first for belgium in this category of building. the new space accommodates economic, retail, cultural and leisure activities. the project,
along with the new gare des guillemins (train station) by santiago calatrava and the opening of grand-curtis – a mega-museum housing gems from the
heritage collections of liège – last year, are all drivers for economic redeployment and cultural regeneration within the city.

 

 


aerial view of the mall snaking through the refurbished old market centre
image courtesy of ron arad

 

 

 


ground floor with view up to second floore
photo: peter cook

 

 

 


alternative views of the ‘mediacite’ interior
photos: marc detiffe

 

 

 


the roof is made from a skewed lattic-work of steel ribs
photo: marc detiffe

 

 


upper level
photo: marc detiffe

 

 

 


upper level of the ‘mediacite’ which reveals diverse vistas of the surrounding cityscape
photo: marc detiffe

 

 

 


photo: marc detiffe

 

 


photo: marc detiffe

 

 

 


photo: marc detiffe

 

 


the commercial space by night
photo: marc detiffe

 

 
project info:

design of mall roof & facades, interior of mall and external piazzas
 
client: wilhelm & co.
location: liege, belgium
gross area: 9750 m2
principal: ron arad
project director: geoff crowther
project architect: paul madden
executive architect: jaspers eyers
structural engineer: buro happold
design team: joel dunmore, james foster, julian gilhespie, marta granda, tuomas pirinen
contractor: BPC, lemants (steel roof)
year: 2006-2009

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