The Paul-Henri SPAAK Building is part of the European Parliament complex in Brussels – the heart and the home of European democracy representing 450 million citizens from 27 EU member countries. Here no fewer than 24 languages are routinely spoken and interpreted, embodying the European motto ‘United in diversity’.
the existing structures
The existing Paul-Henri SPAAK Building consists of more 190,000 m³ of concrete, 5,000 m³ of steel and 11,500 m² of safety glass. This is estimated equivalent to around 120,000 tons of embodied CO₂. Many of the existing columns, floor slabs, and cores will be directly reused, repurposed or relocated within the transformed building.
in the park
The future European Parliament will complete the axis of Rue du Luxembourg and establish a fundamental connection between city and nature.
accessible to the public
The organic, oval shape of the existing Paul-Henri SPAAK Building is preserved. With a new inviting transparency introduced on all sides, the future European Parliament is given a stronger relationship to the atmosphere of the park. It stands on a continuous recreative carpet stretching through and under the ground floors with an invitation to the public to join and interact.
The future European Parliament will have a green bio-mimicking facade, improving bio-diversity and urban revegetation, reducing heat islands and creating a recreative and inclusive presence in the city and the park.
The future European Parliament seeks a new and stronger connection to nature – the human condition that truly unifies us all, regardless of culture and of politics.
building that reflects
the ambitions of the
Visitors are welcomed in a spacious and transparent entrance hall. The existing concrete structure showcases the beaty of responsible reuse.
Daylight and a sense of community shape the atrium – a space for interaction, dialogue, and unplanned encounters in the heart of the building.
The Chamber of the European Parliament retains its original location and is opened up to the world around it. The existing concrete structure provides a framework for new audience boxes of wood, in a dynamic juxtaposition of new and old.
The most prominent location at the future European Parliament is for everyone. The building culminates in a lush public roof garden with stunning views of the surrounding city for both users and visitors.
Approximately 30% of the existing building structure will be directly re-used. Around 25% will be repurposed or relocated within the building.