Projects / Emile Bockstael Schoolbuilding

Emile Bockstael Schoolbuilding - 10.069


Complete mission for civil and structural engineering for the execution phase only.


Construction of the new primary school 'Emile Bockstael' in the region of Heyzel in Brussels. The school is a passive building of two floors over a ground floor, and covers a ground surface of about 1200m². The structure is made of timber and rests on foundations made of concrete. The class and activity rooms are distributed around a central patio.

Specific features

In order to achieve the passive energy standard, the project includes a geothermal network as well as an earth cooling tube network burried under the bottom slab. The building is entirely constructed out of visible timber: the floors and walls are made of cross-laminated timber panels and the beams are in glu-lam or massive timber. The top floor is covered by a green roof which also includes photovoltaic panels. The low quality of the soil and the continuous insulation under the building imposed a particular foundation system: excessive settlement is avoided by using a buried concrete slab that rests on piles. The space between the building's raft and the buried slab is used for the distribution of technical services.


The projet was awarded a subsidy from the IBGE (Brussels Institute for Environmental Management).

  • 2011

  • 2011-2013

  • Nimptsch Architekten - Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • City of Brussels

  • Brussels, Belgium

  • 3600 m2

  • 5210000 € Vat Excl.

  • Completed
  • J.L. Deru