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Tivoli GreenCity to be the most sustainable district in Brussel

The sheer scale and ambition of the Tivoli GreenCity project developed by citydev.brussels has already led to it being awarded a number of prizes in the architectural and town planning domain. It is therefore not surprising to find the project selected to be a finalist in this year’s Mipim Awards, where it had to prove its merits in front of dozens of other contenders from across the whole world. The objective of citydev.brussels and of the Brussels Region is to create a sustainable district, exemplary in terms of construction, energy use and social inclusion. Some 70% of the housing will be subsidized, and the rest made available as social housing for rent. The housing is subdivided into a number of lots, each designed to have its own identity. The architecture differs from one to the other, as do the functions included.

An overview of the district in terms of what it provides, amply demonstrates its scale. Along with the much-heralded Greenbizz company incubator with its focus on small scale production and the circular economy, are to be found: 397 passive energy residential units, 2 crèches, 7 retail units, a public service unit, 291 underground parking spaces, 650 bike parking spots, new roadways, a 2,000 m² planted square and a 1,000 m² mall. Green roofs (mini urban farms) and common laundry facilities form part of the equipment of the buildings.A grouped dwelling bringing several families together around the philosophy of common values and resources is in the final stages of completion.

The location of Tivoli GreenCity ensures that it forms part of a much wider regeneration of this entire zone. It is just a couple of hundred meters further down the Avenue du Port and the Brussels canal from the rapidly developing Tour & Taxis site – another exemplary rehabilitation of old historical buildings-.

Last January, the jury of the 2020 MIPIM Awards selected 45 outstanding real estate projects from 19 countries in 11 categories. Tivoli GreenCity has been nominated as finalist in the Best Urban Project category. The Belgian project will have to beat off challenges from France, Poland and Russia.

After the cancellation of MIPIM in mid March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the compulsory lockdown, the MIPIM Awards will now become a key component of Paris Real EstateWeek organized by Reed Midem.

The awards winners will be selected on a 50:50 basis, with delegates’ votes carrying equal weight with the jury’s own votes. Those accredited to MIPIM 2020 and the Paris Real Estate Week will be able to vote online for the project of their choice between 1st and and 11th September via https://vote.mipimawards.com

The winners will be celebrated in Paris on September 15 during the awards ceremony and dinner at the Intercontinental Legrand hotel.

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Tim Harrup
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