Willemen is currently developing an exciting mixed-use project in the heart of the European Quarter of Brussels: ‘Metropolis’. The site of the development is that of the former Irish embassy, which is at walking distance from Parc Léopold and Parc du Cinquantenaire, with shops, restaurants, museums and public transport connections all in the vicinity. The development comprises a commercial ground floor, 3 floors of office space and 7 floors housing a total of 47 apartments.
Metropolis is situated in the dynamic European Quarter of Brussels, the capital of Europe. The European Quarter, located in the east of the Brussels city centre, is characterised by an interesting mix of contemporary governmental buildings, such as the European Parliament, as well as authentic elements such as Parc du Cinquantenaire and Parc Léopold. The Place du Luxembourg, just a kilometre away, offers a varied choice of bustling and cosy restaurants and bars. With its contemporary, progressive look, Metropolis fits in perfectly as a hip, central place to live — ideal for expats.
The façade is constructed using various materials. Glass is most prominent in the street front, in combination with aluminium, light-coloured natural stone and bluestone. The cantilevered front of the building is covered in green plating and the eastern façade has been insulated and finished with a plaster layer. All the external walls have excellent insulation. The exterior joinery makes use of aluminium and high-insulation glass. All the terraces feature either a glass balustrade or a raised façade that serves the same purpose.