Congres Mons - 11.053
Complete structural engineering mission.
Design and construction of a Congress Centre for the city of Mons, Belgium. The project is a "design & build" contract won through an international competition. The main architect is Studio Daniel Libeskind, with H2A as the local architect, while the construction will be carried out by CIT Blaton. The building will be operational by the year 2015, when Mons will be the european capital of culture. The building comprises several auditoriums, multi-purpose halls, offices, a restaurant, an underground parking and a green roof.
Situated between the historic centre and the "Grands Prés" neighbourhood, the future Congres Centre constitutes a focal point for economic and social development of Mons. By creating a visual link with the Beffroi tower on the one hand and the new train station designed by the architect Calatrava on the other hand, the building will be fully integrated in the city's urban tissue. The bearing structure is formed by "ribbon" concrete walls, curved and inclined, that follow an ascending spiral. This arrangement allows great flexibility for the varied programme of the Centre. Prestressed beams are used for the big spans around the roof glazing. The slabs are prefabricated to the maximum extent, either with precast of post-tensioned slabls. The meeting rooms are located on a mezzanine level which is suspended by the curved ribbon walls. The viewing platform at the tip of the building is a light steel structure.