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Old March 2nd, 2008, 01:53 PM   #1
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BRUSSELS | NATO Headquarters | U/C

BRUSSELS (Zaventem)/New NATO headquarters

- Description: The NATO Headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, is the political headquarters of the Alliance and the permanent home of the North Atlantic Council, NATO's senior political decision-making body.
The new HQ will be gigantic:120.000 m2 and will be completed in 2012
Also check: http://www.assar.com/assar2/current.php and http://www.som.com/content.cfm/inter...n_headquarters
- Cost: 300 million euro
- Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merill assisted by Assar
progress: preparatory work is being carried out. An old airport is being demolished to make way for the new complex.

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Old March 3rd, 2008, 03:44 AM   #2
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Old March 3rd, 2008, 06:58 PM   #3
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demolition has been completed, so construction can start



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Old April 10th, 2008, 01:11 PM   #4
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an article in French:

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Otan : le nouveau siège fin prêt en 2013

Feu vert pour la construction du nouveau siège de l'Otan : les derniers permis ont été délivrés. Les travaux débuteront en septembre 2009. L'embellie des relations entre la Belgique et l'Otan se confirme.

Vingt jours, à peine, ont passé depuis l'accession du CD & V Yves Leterme au "16" et, déjà, les gages de bonne volonté "atlantiste" donnés par la Belgique se multiplient. Ainsi, après la confirmation de l'envoi de militaires supplémentaires - et d'avions de combat F-16 - dans le Sud afghan (à Kandahar), il apparaît que le gouvernement belge - en particulier le ministre de la Défense Pieter De Crem (CD & V), son collègue des Affaires étrangères Karel De Gucht (Open VLD) et le Premier ministre Leterme - redouble d'ardeur afin de permettre à l'Otan d'intégrer son nouveau siège dès 2013.

La maquette du projet du nouveau siège de l'Otan a été officiellement présentée aux instances dirigeantes de l'Otan lors du sommet de Bucarest la semaine dernière. Le siège de l'Otan est actuellement installé sur un site d'une trentaine d'hectares à Evere (Bruxelles). Les bâtiments avaient été construits en toute hâte à la fin des années 60 lorsque la Belgique avait décidé d'accueillir l'Organisation du Traité de l'Atlantique Nord après le retrait de la France de la structure militaire.

Les bâtiments, dont certains en préfabriqué (!) ont vieilli et ne correspondent plus du tout aux normes de sécurité actuelle de l'Otan. Or sur le trottoir d'en face, Boulevard Léopold III (là on est à Bruxelles, un avantage aux dires des responsables de l'Otan), se trouvait l'actuel quartier Roi Albert de la Force aérienne belge qui devait précisément fermer ses portes en 2008 suite à la restructuration de l'armée belge.

"Pas de problème"

Le choix du bâtiment a été opéré par l'Otan, qui est maître de l'ouvrage. L'Otan payera la construction du bâtiment tandis que l'Etat belge offre le terrain. Le budget global s'élève à 1,4 milliard d'euros. Les négociations ont été menées avec la Ville de Bruxelles et la Région bruxelloise. Les derniers permis nécessaires ont été accordés récemment. Reste quelques détails à régler concernant la "mainmorte" avec la Région bruxelloise. Mais "ces derniers points ne devraient pas poser de problème", confirme une source bien informée.

L'Otan avait lancé un concours international d'architecture pour la présentation : ce concours a été remporté par un consortium international de bureaux d'études : SOM Inc (Etats-Unis), SOM LLP (Royaume-Uni), Assar SCRL, ingénieurs associés SA et VK Engineering. Le cahier des charges sera finalisé au cours des mois de septembre-octobre 2008. Et les travaux devraient débuter en septembre 2009. L'inauguration officielle des nouveaux bâtiments est prévue en 2013.

"Délocaliser" à Bonn...

L'élargissement de l'Otan à de nouveaux membres en provenance des pays d'Europe de l'Est imposait le déménagement de siège : l'arrivée à court et à moyen terme de nouvelles délégations rendait les bâtiments actuels beaucoup trop exigus.

Un temps très mauvaises, lorsque la Belgique s'opposa à la guerre en Irak, les relations entre Bruxelles et Washington connaissent une embellie spectaculaire depuis l'accession au gouvernement fédéral du CD & V. Au pire de la "crise" belgo-américaine, Washington avait émis l'idée de "délocaliser" le siège de l'Otan à Bonn, dans l'ancienne capitale de la République fédérale allemande - un moyen d'infléchir la politique belge vis-à-vis de l'Otan.

Le retour au premier plan des "Atlantistes" du CD & V, le Premier ministre Yves Leterme et le ministre de la Défense Pieter De Crem en tête, est particulièrement bien vu à Washington - et à l'Otan.
The most important points in the article:

- Construction of the building itself starts at the end of next year and will be finished in 2013
- The new building is necessary because the old '60s buildings are falling apart. Apparently some of the old buildings were prefab and are extremely outdated.
- The total cost of the project is apparently 1.4 billion euro. This huge investment confirms the tie between Brussels and NATO, and ensures the future of the Alliance using Brussels as its HQ.
- There was an international architecture contest, blabla (read post 1)
- The last paragraph recalls the troubled relationship between Belgium and the US a few years ago, when Belgium opposed the war in Iraq. Bush threatened to move NATO to Bonn if the Belgians didn't change their attitude.

BTW: I'm a little disappointed about the lack of response so far, seeing how this is the new HQ for the second most important international political organisation...
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Old April 10th, 2008, 03:24 PM   #5
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Wow! This building is huge. Why don't they build a nice skyscraper to house all this office space?

And where in Brussels is it located? That aereal shows something that looks like a industrial area, or am I wrong?

Edit: sorry, I didn't read it well, it's located on an old airport.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 03:42 PM   #6
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Looks like airportterminals or something. Groundscrapers.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 03:59 PM   #7
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Why don't they build a nice skyscraper to house all this office space?
because NATO is a great target for terrorists, it would be a bit cautionless to build a 200m scraper...
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Old April 10th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #8
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I don't understand why it's in Brussels
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Old April 10th, 2008, 06:56 PM   #9
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I don't understand why it's in Brussels
Brussels is the capital of Europe.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #10
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Brussels is the capital of Europe.
Correction: Brussels is the capital of the European Union. Europe isn't one country, therefore the "capital" is different from the normal conception of capital.
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A nice building for a bad institution. All NATO is good for now is gobbling up former Soviet Republics to surround Russia and get control of the oil in Central Asia.
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Looks really modern. Nice.
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really nice it looks very very modern.
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Quite a few war mongers will fit in that.
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Seems interesting - but what about the budget?!? 300 million euro for a 120.000 m2 building?!? Seems a bit underbudgeted.
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A Huge bunker surrounded by parking lots... Must be a great place to visit when finished...

But at least the design look OK, not that special though.
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Seems interesting - but what about the budget?!? 300 million euro for a 120.000 m2 building?!? Seems a bit underbudgeted.
that was the first number, but it seems now they count on spending 1.4 billion euro, for the entire project, that is (building, parking lots, roads surroundings,...)
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that was the first number, but it seems now they count on spending 1.4 billion euro, for the entire project, that is (building, parking lots, roads surroundings,...)
That seems a bit more realistic
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Meanwhile, the site is cleared I think...
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Thanks for the update - not really sure though, that I am on to this project.
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