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Architects compete for the new Arcelor Mittal HQ

luxembourgPosted on 01 January 2050 by Luxembourg Expats
(sth) – ArcelorMittal and Luxembourg's fund in charge of urban development in Kirchberg announced on Wednesday that they narrowed a competition to design and build the new ArcelorMittal headquarters in Luxembourg down to three finalists. The headquarters are planned to be built on a 7,273sqm site in Kirchberg, right next to the European Convention Centre and not far from the European Court of Justice and the European Investment Bank. A jury composed of the CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe, Aditya Mittal, two members of ArcelorMittal, two members of the urban development fund, one representative of Luxembourg's government, one representative of the city of Luxembourg, one independent architect from Luxembourg and one independent architect from an architecture school narrowed the contestants down to three. The 'ARBED building' in Luxembourg's 'Gare' district used to serve as headquarters before ARBED was acquired by Mittal Steel and became ArcelorMittal. The building is now used by the BCEE. The 'ARBED building' in Luxembourg's 'Gare' district used to serve as headquarters before ARBED was acquired by Mittal Steel and became ArcelorMittal. The building is now used by the BCEE. Photo: Guy Wolff Foster + Partners, Rem Koolhaas OMA and Wilmotte & associés will now have to present more detailed versions of their projects and hope to win the final bid. The Kirchberg fund is the owner of the site and endorsed the choice of the three projects due to their ''innovative steel solutions'' that try to implement ''iconic architecture set to rival the quality of the institutional and cultural buildings that characterise this historical part of the Kirchberg plateau.'' ArcelorMittal plans to promote its own economic activity through this headquarters project by using steel for ''sustainable construction'', showing its advantages compared to ''conventional construction materials.'' The company also aims to set an example by prioritising sustainability, obliging the architects to fulfil standards needed to be awarded environmental labels like ''BREEAM outstanding'', ''DGNB Gold'', ''BCAA performant'' and ''WELL''. The maximum surface of the new building will be 55,000sqm. Source: Wort.lu

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