Editpress building set for transformation in Luxembourg

HOUSING
Tim Harrup

Immobel Luxembourg and its architectural partner for the project, A/2618, have announced the architectural renaissance of an iconic Esch-sur-Alzette building, which is also designed to bring a new lease of life to the Rue du Canal. The former Editpress head office, built in 1938 for one of the country’s historical press groups, is to be transformed by a programme offering 73 housing units spread over 4 buildings along with 300 m² of local services. Featuring an iconic stone façade decorated with bas-reliefs and a travertine and terrazzo entrance, the building will be carefully renovated in order to preserve the original memory of the neighbourhood. A number of interior architectural elements will also be carefully restored, Immobel points out, showcasing the spirit and history of the building. The developers also wish to create a green, open and dynamic complex, conducive to meetings and interaction. At the rear of the historic building, the former presses and warehouses will be replaced by three new contemporary residences along with a verdant garden. Landscaped zones, pathways and relaxation areas (paved paths, hedges and grass-covered spaces) will be created to provide the site with an airy feel and provide bright and open spaces that are conducive to social interaction. In addition, the ground floor will be rehabilitated with the creation of services accessible from the Rue du Canal. The planned renovation will complement the existing offering with the aim of bringing a new lease of life to the district and helping to create a high-quality neighbourhood. Where timing is concerned, a public meeting has already been held, and subject to the granting of permits, demolition works will start next month. Construction is then scheduled to begin in June 2022. The apartments and service areas are due to be marketed from March 2021.