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The Oeko-Center Administrative Building / STEINMETZDEMEYER

  • 21:00 - 27 March, 2015
The Oeko-Center Administrative Building / STEINMETZDEMEYER
The Oeko-Center Administrative Building / STEINMETZDEMEYER, © Catherine Thiry
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  • Civil engineer

    T6-Ney & Partners s.à.r.l.
  • Technical engineer

    Jean Schmit Engineering s.à.r.l.
  • Landscape architect

    Areal Landscape architects
  • Coordinator-pilot

    HBH S.A.
  • Coordination security-health

    Fernand Greisen
  • Blower-Door Test

    Hubert Schmitz
  • Energy Consultant

  • Commodo-incommodo

    Jean Schmit Engineering s.à.r.l.
  • Soil investigation

    Geotec s.à.r.l.
  • Analysis asbestos presence

    Ingenieurgruppe RUK
  • Client

    City of Luxembourg
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© Catherine Thiry
© Catherine Thiry

Text description provided by the architects. Next to the elementary school in the Pfaffenthal neighborhood, rue Vauban, the “Centre du Mouvement Écologique” (Ecological Center), known as the “MECO”, was in dilapidated structures, worth of no interest, neither as built heritage, nor as architectural component of urban fabric.


That old structure, having serious problems with stability, moisture and useful surface capacity, has been replaced by a new construction, exemplary for its answers to concerns and questions raised by sustainable development.

© Catherine Thiry
© Catherine Thiry

Therefore, the decision was made to erect a structure, abiding by environmental and energy values required for the environment.
The new building of the “Centre du Mouvement Écologique” meets the energy criteria of a mixed-use building known as “passive”.


The selection of building materials, the construction itself, the techniques and facilities set up take into account a series of parameters developed in paragraphs relating to environmentalism, energy, stability and outdoor design. This new construction, almost entirely made of solid wood, which only resorts to armored concrete techniques where strictly necessary (escape stairwells and subsurface premises) or to steel construction for long spans, is a pilot project for administrative buildings.

© Catherine Thiry
© Catherine Thiry

Varied from one floor to the other, the complex organization of the “Centre du Mouvement écologique” gets collected into a sober construction of free and flexible platforms (open space). Each space is partitioned and fitted according to the specific needs of the various departments and positions to be hosted.

© Catherine Thiry
© Catherine Thiry

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Cite: "The Oeko-Center Administrative Building / STEINMETZDEMEYER" 27 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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