Design for VRT broadcast centre by team OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen - KCAP

The Flemish Radio and Television (VRT) has announced the winner of the design competition for the new broadcast centre in Brussels. KCAP in collaboration with OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen was one of five finalists in this international competition. OFFICE and KCAP jointly elaborated a proposal which focusses on proximity and visibility: Atelier VRT.

The design for a new media building for the Flemish public broadcaster VRT is a cultural assignment. It is meant to be a public institute with an inviting architecture and a place for the public to interact with media production. The design concept provides simultaneously for an open and specific building able to accommodate the rapidly evolving media industry.

Atelier VRT represents the urban ambition of the Brussels Media Park. It is composed of four elementary volumes that are stacked on top of each other. Each volume represents a particular type of building, designed in response to a specific part of the program. The different building types are securely stacked on each other to achieve maximum synergy and to create a highly performant ‘super-studio’. The tower acts as the landmark of Atelier VRT. It provides overview and establishes a reference point in the urban context. It houses the more quiet workplaces away from the bustling atelier, which is a large workspace that in its spaciousness creates a maximum of shortcuts and proximity for the workplaces.

The compact volume of Atelier VRT reveals high efficiency. The facade matches passive house standard, the energy demand is minimal and is covered by renewable energy sources.

"The concept targets at a distinct, clear presence and simultaneously at interaction and creativity typical for what is called 'Atelier VRT’. The building is impressive and semi-monumental, the design language focuses on the city and the public. The design translates the program without hesitations or complications, direct and clearly in a functional architecture. The three functions of production, creation and administration are logically stacked on top of each other,” states the jury, headed by the Flemish Government Architect, in its report.

On January 17th, a documentary about the design team OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen - KCAP will be broadcasted on the Flemish public broadcasting network Canvas.