The building follows the route of the N4 highway, respecting the natural landforms. The building is standing on stilts and floating above the rolling landscape. This gives a better view from the E411 motorway and the N4. Its orientation is slightly off-kilter in terms of cardinal points (15°) although this guarantees an excellent amount of sunshine.
▼建筑外观，the exterior view © Jan BRUGGEMANS
The internal office layout, which is evenly plotted onto a square plan with sides of 81 m, is determined by the natural light and the quality of the views. The duality between compactness (energy performances) and layout (visual comfort and well-being in the workplace) has resulted in the division of the plan into four wings, arranged around large exterior patios enlivened by the elements.
▼基地鸟瞰，bird view © Simon SCHMITT
▼建筑分为四个支翼，环绕室外庭院布置，the building is divided into four wings, arranged around large exterior patios © Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS, architects & engineers / beai, architects
▼建筑与自然环境和谐共生，the building merges with the natural surroundings © Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS, architects & engineers
▼室外庭院为员工提供舒适的环境，large exterior patios have created comfortable space for the emploee © Marie-Françoise PLISSART
84 % of workstations are positioned less than 4 m from the walls; 95 % enjoy an unobstructed outside view and 100 % of meeting rooms have both these features. Peripheral glass facades are equipped with glass sun shades which automatically turn towards the sun. The light filtration provided by these slides is possible because the surfaces have been treated and printed with alternate bands of white, allowing the passage of diffused natural light. Mobile glass blinds have been fitted to the outside of all the other windows. All the windows have horizontal light reflectors, high up, which send a significant amount of light in the depth of the office floors. Coated opaque spandrel glass, which has been well-insulated, maximises heat reflection through glass panels etched (on the outside) and enamelled (on the inside).
▼玻璃遮阳板构成的自动遮阳系统，the automatic-shading system equipped with glass sun shades © Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS, architects & engineers / beai, architects
▼水平遮阳板与玻璃幕墙之间的连接构造，the connection between the horizontal sun-shades and the glass wall © Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS, architects & engineers / shooting by Ghislain ANDRÉ
▼遮阳板表面均匀分布着白色条带可以让可见光均匀进入，alternate bands of white, allowing the passage of diffused natural light © Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS, architects & engineers
▼在面向景观的区域设置了垂直遮阳板，以保证更好的景观视野，the vertical sun shades are placed to allow a better view of the landscape © Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS, architects & engineers
Crosswise to the office wings, a gallery (or atrium) provides an obligatory route for everyone in the building; all of the services in the building converge at this point. The generous size of the gallery – 10 m high, 13.5 m wide and 83.7 m long – makes it a ideal venue for various events: informal employee meetings, launch parties for the latest glass products, conferences at the foot of the great staircase (on tiered seats), external events etc. The gallery provides access to all the useful areas in the building: the reception desk and associated services, the restaurant with its terraces to the west, the conference centre and each of the eight office wings (to which access is controlled). In line with the environmental approach that prefers stairs to lifts, the new head office is spread over two levels rather than four. Movement between floors is comfortable and the lifts are rarely used.
▼地面层入口，the entrance at the ground floor © Marie-Françoise PLISSART
▼站在一层平台看中庭，the atrium from the first floor © Marie-Françoise PLISSART
▼中庭成为举办各种活动的理想场所，the atrium has been an active place for diverse activities © Marie-Françoise PLISSART
大楼的总建筑面积达10,500 m²，可以容纳475名员工。AGC的部门组织非常灵活。开放式的室内空间，单间办公室和独立分区都可以灵活实现。 为了营造舒适的工作环境，开放办公区位于南侧。
The floor deck covers 10,500 m² for 475 members of staff. Departmental organisation at AGC Glass is flexible and interior design can keep pace with changes through open-plan areas, closed offices or separate wings if necessary. The same flexibility applies to meeting areas and restaurants where the space is divided up as stipulated in the blueprint, by using movable, acoustic partition walls. In the interests of user-friendliness in the workplace, the preference is for open-plan areas to be on the south wall.
▼办公区，the office area © Georges De KINDER
▼办公区旁的讨论空间，there is also space for discussion © Marie-Françoise PLISSART
▼开敞办公区位于大楼南侧，the open office space are located on the south wall © Marie-Françoise PLISSART
▼办公室享有优美的中庭景色，working with beautiful view outside the office © Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS, architects & engineers
▼办公区内部楼梯联系着上下层空间，the internal stairs in the office area © Marie-Françoise PLISSART
Shared spaces and meeting areas are strategically centralized or situated near a staircase or next to a terrace or patio with a view. The conference centre brings together all the meeting rooms which are independently managed and so available for use by other parties. Each room is fitted with audiovisual equipment and enjoys natural light and outdoor views. The restaurant area stretches along the western facade and opens up to the outdoors via large terraces. The room can comfortably accommodate 180 people and has a lounge bar. The kitchen, stocked with professional equipment, receives deliveries from a separate service lift and can cater simultaneously to the restaurant, the conference centre and the gallery (cocktail parties, standing buffets etc.).
▼餐厅，the restaurant © Serge BRISON
建筑在节能方面的目标是成为零能耗建筑。项目采用了高效节能技术，如光伏面板、接地探头，地源热泵等，将通过VALIDEO 或 BREEAM认证。
The decor gives each area a unique ambiance and character. While the materials used on the outer facade are glass and metal, the interior is fitted out mainly in wood (floor, partition walls, furniture etc.).
The project demonstrates numerous uses of glass-based products (vision glasses, vacuum glass, enamelled and sandblasted spandrel glass, LED glass, screen-printed glass, photovoltaic panels etc.) in a bid to showcase the AGC products as well as possible. The entrance to the building, in particular, is signposted by a large pixel LED screen installed in the gallery extension.
In terms of energy performance, the aim is for the building to achieve zero energy. Energy saving, (natural light, insulation etc.) the use of efficient materials (energy-saving circulation, regulation etc.) and reliance on renewable energy (photovoltaic panels, ground probes, heat pumps etc.) will make it possible to do so. It will be certified by VALIDEO and/or BREEAM.
▼夜景，night view © Georges De KINDER
▼夜晚的中庭，the patio at night © Marie-Françoise PLISSART
▼地面层平面图，ground floor plan
▼一层平面图，first floor plan
▼二层平面图，second floor plan
▼幕墙大样图，curtain wall details
Administrative Partner: Ghislain ANDRE, architecte
Design Associate: Bernard VAN DAMME, architecte
Administrative Associate: Ir Olivier JOTTARD
Team Members: Karim AMMOR, Mariuca CALIN, Blandine CAPELLE, Jan De Coninck, Alfonso Di Mascio, Sarah El Mann, Dikran GUNDES, Elodie NOORBERGEN, Fransesca STROPPA, Monika STUDZINSKA, Gaofei TAN, Lien Vancoppenolle, Brecht VAN LERBERGHE et Emilie WILLAIN
English text: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS
Chinese text: gooood editor Yi Ting