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September 21, 2021

Cradle to Cradle arriving in Brussels

Gare Maritime, once Europe’s largest railway station for goods on the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels, has been transformed into a covered city with a mixed program of working and shopping and plenty of public space to relax. Under impressive steel roofs, Neutelings Riedijk Architects designed the new Gare Maritime as a City District; ‘a city where it never rains’.

Moderator: Marianne van der Sande (QbiQ).


15.00 – 15.05
15.05 – 15.25
Frank Geets (Herman Teirlinck Building)
15.25 – 15.45
Peter de Durpel (Gare Maritime)
15.45 – 16.05
Michel Riedijk (Neutelings Riedijk Architects)
16.05 – 16.30
Conclusions and endings

For this event, it will also be possible to attend the meeting physically. If you are planning to join the event, please send an email to

Frank Geets is Administrator-general at the Agency For Facility Operations of the Flemish Government (Belgium). Being an advocate of sustainability, Frank Geets embedded it as one of the added values for the organization and developed with his board of directors a mission, vision and objective framework with sustainability as the common thread. In 2020 the agency received a SDG-champion certificate from UNITAR.

20190215 Brussel Belgium: portretfoto's van Frank Geets, manager bij het facilitair bedrijf Frank Geets; portret; facilitair bedrijf; vlaamse overheid 20190215124507 ID/ Lieven Van Assche

Peter de Durpel (Gare Maritime)

Peter De Durpel is a civil engineer in structural engineering, graduated from the Polytechnic Department of the Royal Military Academy. He also completed an Executive Master in Real Estate at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management. Peter has been Chief Operating Officer at Extensa Group, real estate developer and owner of the Tour & Taxis site, since 2015.


Michel Rietdijk (Architect Neutelings Rietdijk Architects)

About Gare Maritime

Circularity was a main starting point in the transformation of Gare Maritime. Under the existing steel roofs of the former station, twelve wooden pavilions have been added to accommodate the new program of 45.000 m2.The pavilions are constructed in Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), making Gare Maritime the largest CLT-project in Europe. The choice for wood reduced the amount of cement enormously and had a favorable effect on the construction process. For reasons of circularity, the modular wooden building elements have been designed based on demountable connections.

Gare Maritime is state-of-the-art in sustainability: entirely energy neutral and fossil free. At all levels far-reaching sustainability measures have been implemented, such as use of geothermal energy and reuse of rainwater. Gare Maritime is an important contribution to the sustainable development of the Tour & Taxis site and the Kanaalzone in Brussels and has the ambition to become one of the main tourist attractions of the city of Brussels.

Gare Maritime has already won various prestigious awards, both in the fields of architecture, retail and sustainability.

Michel Riedijk (Neutelings Riedijk Architects)

Michiel Riedijk studied architecture at the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands. In 1992 he established the Rotterdam based office Neutelings Riedijk Architects with Willem Jan Neutelings.

Besides being director and principal architect of Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Michiel Riedijk is also Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in Delft and regularly lectures at universities, cultural institutions and symposiums worldwide. Since Michiel Riedijk is recognized as International Fellow of the RIBA.

Michiel Riedijk is specialized in the design of public buildings. He has wide experience in balancing the complex functions and logistics of these projects with their often delicate and urban contexts to give them the significance in the public realm that their clients desire.

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