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Facts

Official Name Madou Plaza
Other Names Getronics Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Belgium
City Brussels
Street Address & Map Place Madou 1
Building Function office
Construction Start 1963
Completion 1965
Recladding 2006

Companies Involved

Architect
Design ASSAR Architects; Robert Goffaux
Material Supplier
• Cladding Permasteelisa Group

About Madou Plaza

Madou Plaza was originally completed in 1965. Its renovation is probably one of the most ambitious of its kind ever undertaken in the city. Completely rethought in terms of its function, circulation routes and relationship to its surroundings, the building has been entirely rebuilt around its original structure.

Some 8,000 square meters (86,111 square feet) of new construction at the base have created a podium for the existing tower. This 13-level podium is organized around an atrium. Madou Plaza now includes a conference center which is also accessible to the general public and equipped with an auditorium and business services facilities.

The “glazed promontory” located in the façade underlines the design of the new entrance to the tower; the micro-climate of the plaza is improved by both the feature and the design of the curved façades.

A semi-reflective double-skin type façade and cold ceilings provide the occupants with the highest standard of comfort. The entire ceiling surface acts as a cooling radiator thanks to the circuit of chilled water in tiny tubes circulating behind the perforated metal panels of the ceiling.

At ground level, a large area along a retail street has been allocated to shops. A new street flanked by housing (to be built soon) has been created at the rear of the tower while an esplanade has been laid out at the front. Madou Plaza now constitutes a genuine plaza, which, for the past 20 years, had existed in name only.

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