‘Media House’ at mediapark.brussels: the SAU-MSI shortlists 5 multidisciplinary teams

13 June 2017
© bma.brussels© sau-msi.brussels‘Media House’ at mediapark.brussels: the SAU-MSI shortlists 5 multidisciplinary teams

The Urban Development Corporation (SAU-MSI) has shortlisted five multidisciplinary teams from among the 51 proposals from Belgium and other countries received in response to the call for project designers that it launched in January for the construction of ‘Media House’.

The five multidisciplinary teams (with expertise in architecture, stability engineering, building services engineering, acoustics, energy performance coordination and safety and health coordination) shortlisted for the second phase must now each submit a project outline by 18 September 2017. After analysing the proposals, the SAU-MSI will appoint the future project designer of ‘Media House’ at mediapark.brussels at the end of the year.

The five shortlisted teams are as follows:

  • 51N4E-Doorzon interieur architecten, Belgium;
  • Baukunst-Bruther, Belgium/France;
  • Neutelings Riedijk architecten, Netherlands;
  • Office Kersten Geers – David Van Severen, Belgium;
  • XDGA, Belgium.

Throughout the procedure, the SAU-MSI has received support from the Chief Architect (bMa) of the Brussels-Capital Region. For the final selection, it will be assisted by an advisory committee consisting of:

  • the management of BX1;
  • the management of screen.brussels;
  • the Chief Architect (bMa);
  • the management of BUP-BSE (Brussels Urban Planning and Heritage);
  • a representative of the urban planning department of the municipality of Schaerbeek;
  •  an external architectural expert;
  • as appropriate, one or more of the project's future occupants.


Flagship building

‘Media House’ is one of the first elements in the physical implementation of the mediapark.brussels project. It will be a flagship building in this new district, and its architectural quality must both attract other users and set the standard for future elements of this ambitious urban project.

Located on land belonging to the SAU-MSI, at the corner of Boulevard Reyers and Rue Colonel Bourg, the new building will include:

  • the headquarters of BX1;
  • an innovation platform dedicated to the media/audiovisual sector, and consisting of a co-working space and an incubator;
  • offices for Screen.Brussels;
  • premises for a training institute.

These partners from the media sector will use the building together, including a number of common areas, in order to generate future synergies. The plans for Media House include offices, television studios, a reception, an auditorium, training rooms, a small canteen and technical rooms.

ERDF support

The budget for the execution of the work is 16,000,000 euros plus VAT. The building will have a gross above-ground floor area of about 9,400m², plus several basements which will mainly be used for parking.

The call has been launched within the framework of the ‘mediapark.brussels Activation’ project implemented by the SAU-MSI in the context of the ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020 of the Brussels-Capital Region.

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