Madou Plaza Tower

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Madou Plaza Tower
Tour Madou Plaza (French)
Madoutoren (Dutch)
General information
Type Offices
Location Brussels, Belgium
Coordinates 50°50′58″N 4°22′12″E / 50.84944°N 4.37000°E / 50.84944; 4.37000Coordinates: 50°50′58″N 4°22′12″E / 50.84944°N 4.37000°E / 50.84944; 4.37000
Completed 1965
Owner European Commission
Height 120m (building)
135m (antenna)
Technical details
Floor count 33
Floor area 40,0000m²
Design and construction
Architect Robert Goffaux
Main contractor Herpain Entreprise s.a.
Awards and prizes MIPIM 2006 (refurbished office buildings)

Madou Plaza Tower is a high-rise building in Brussels (Belgium). It was built in 1965 and renovated between 2002 and 2006 and taken over by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture. It is located on the Small Ring, in the municipality of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, at 1 Place Madouplein.

Architecture[edit]

Madou viewed from Brussels Park

The 33 story core of Madou was built in just over a month and has been compared as a smaller version of the MetLife Building in New York City. There is a high voltage transformer in the basement for power, along with a 1360 kW emergency generator added during renovation. Two lifts connect to the parking garage.

During the 2002-6 renovation, the building's height was increased from 112m to 120 m and office space was increased by 10,000m² to 40,000m², (100,000 to 400,000 sq ft) requiring the building to be reshaped and strengthened. The renovation won the MIPIM Award 2006 in the ‘Refurbished Office Buildings’ category.

Commission[edit]

The European Commission bought the building on 13 March 2006 inaugurating it on 19 April when its 1500 employees moved in. Based in Madou, as of 2007, are the Directorates-General for Communication, Informatics, and Education and Culture and the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. Staff were previously based on the Axa-building on square Schuman, which was to be demolished.

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