D’Ieteren Immo Mobilis

A garage with a flexible structure survives beyond its current programme

The growing ambition of private companies to be part of a future-oriented mobility strategy is striking. For example, D'Ieteren, a Belgian importer and distributor of cars, is positioning itself as a broad mobility company that 'designs the mobility of tomorrow'. With the acquisition of GoodBikes in Brussels and iBike in Antwerp, it is well on its way to becoming a national chain for the sale and maintenance of (electric) bicycles. In addition to scaling up a range of new forms of mobility, the company's real-estate division is committed to building structures that will survive the mobility transition. For one of its car showrooms in Anderlecht (Brussels), D'Ieteren engaged Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA). The potential of excess is at the heart of the design. The amorphous form follows the plot boundary and unfolds around a regular, rational grid with five large patios. With its spans of 16.2 by 16.2 m, a storey height of 7 m and a load-bearing capacity of 16kN/m2, the primary structure has a life expectancy of a hundred years, probably far beyond its current use as a garage.

partners and actors
Xaveer De Geyter Architects, D’Ieteren Immo, Util Structural Engineering, Boydens Engineering office, Daidalos Peutz, Securisan, Pam & Jenny
innovative aspects
cultural change