A2618 architects founded in Luxembourg

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Tim Harrup

A new architectural firm has now officially been announced in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It brings together Brussels-based Archi 2000 (Philippe Verdussen) and Luxembourg firm Atelier 618. The name of the new entity is designed to be a contraction of the names of the two partners, and ‘A 2618’ has been selected. Each side thus retains an initial word or letter ‘A’ followed by a figure – with the final result being very close to the Luxembourg partner in whose territory the firm is located.

It is believed that Archi 2000, which has been active in Brussels for around 30 years from its countryside location within the Bois de la Cambre, has been hoping for some time to establish a sustainable presence in the Grand Duchy. In terms of its realizations, Archi 2000 can in particular point to major constructions and renovations including Livingstone, M-Square, part of the ‘Cité Administrative’, the European School at Laeken, part of Tour & Taxis…
For its part, Atelier 618 was founded in June 2018 by Christine Mormont-Berbec’ and Achim Thon, who had previously been part of Paczowski & Fritsch for many years.

The new enterprise says that it intends to be active in a number of architectural domains, and will be actively supported by its partners, the three persons already mentioned plus Archi 2000 partner Thierry Descheemaecker. The firm has already obtained a significant order, the conversion of the former Editpress building in Esch-sur-Alzette by Immobel, which will see over 70 apartments and local services in this iconic building, whose historic façade is to be retained and renovated. Other prestigious project manager clients have also placed orders, including Brussels-base residential specialist Eaglestone.