Association Bureau A2M, Jaspers-Eyers Architects and Bureau d’Architecture Greish's (BAG) proposal for an “eco-neighborhood” in Liège, Belgium, has been unanimously selected by a jury in a competition to design a mixed-use real-estate project. Dubbed “Paradis Express,” the design incorporates offices, housing and local shops and will occupy a 35,000m2 site located along a future esplanade across from Guillemins station, and next to the new Finance Tower. The competition was held by Fedimmo, in consultation with the city of Liège and the Walloon Region. The design team took a two-pronged approach to the project, focusing on providing urban green-space and harmony in the skyline of Liège. Recognizing the dramatic topography of Liège and variations in height among the existing skyline, the project aims to reconcile and celebrate the changes in elevation. As such, the green space located around and above the succession of buildings mimics the undulating hills and valleys of the Liège area. By restricting alignments and punctuating the collective of volumes, Paradis Express facilitates a connection with both the Finance Tower it adjoins and the Guillemins Train Station across from it.
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