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

ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgium

‘mediacite’ in liege, belgium by ron arad architectsphoto: 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.



ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgiumaerial view of the mall snaking through the refurbished old market centreimage courtesy of ron arad




ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgiumground floor with view up to second floorephoto: peter cook




ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgiumalternative views of the ‘mediacite’ interiorphotos: marc detiffe




ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgiumthe roof is made from a skewed lattic-work of steel ribsphoto: marc detiffe



ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgiumupper levelphoto: marc detiffe




ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgiumupper level of the ‘mediacite’ which reveals diverse vistas of the surrounding cityscapephoto: marc detiffe




ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgiumphoto: marc detiffe



ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgiumphoto: marc detiffe




ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgiumphoto: marc detiffe



ron arad: mediacite in liege, belgiumthe commercial space by nightphoto: marc detiffe


 project info:

design of mall roof & facades, interior of mall and external piazzas client: wilhelm & co.location: liege, belgiumgross area: 9750 m2principal: ron aradproject director: geoff crowtherproject architect: paul maddenexecutive architect: jaspers eyersstructural engineer: buro happolddesign team: joel dunmore, james foster, julian gilhespie, marta granda, tuomas pirinencontractor: BPC, lemants (steel roof)year: 2006-2009

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