A new site for the Commission
The old building having reached the end of its life, a new complex is under construction to meet the needs of the European Commission.
The European Commission occupied the Jean Monnet building between 1975 and the start of 2017. In 2009, the government, the Fund and the European Commission signed a memorandum of understanding for replacement of the building with a future Jean Monnet 2 building. Following an international competition in 2010, the architects’ office KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was chosen to develop the project. The Administration of Public Works (Administration des bâtiments publics), as project owner, will build this new complex in two phases, slightly staggered.
The first part is located behind the Chamber of Commerce, between Rue Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Boulevard Konrad Adenauer. It brings together all the key elements of the Commission’s facilities, over some 138,000 m2 in a building comprising seven floors. It will house the following functions: offices, a conference centre including an auditorium, a library, a medical centre, a catering area, a logistics centre, a health centre and an underground car park with some 2,000 spaces.
The second phase, covering 52,000 m2, comprises a 23-floor tower which is the same height as the first two towers of the Court of Justice, and it will be located on a site bordering the current Rue Albert Wehrer, which was where the conference centre of the Jean Monnet 1 building was situated.
The Jean Monnet 2 complex will be able to house around 3,600 officials, and will enable the vast majority of the European Commission’s services in Luxembourg to be brought together there, whereas today they are dispersed around the Kirchberg and Cloche d’Or areas.
In the meantime, the Fund is involved in rehousing these officials by providing a temporary modular structure (15,342 m2 with 540 workstations, meeting rooms, a canteen and a kitchen) in the area around Boulevard Pierre Frieden. The Fund also organised a restricted competition for artists, aimed at generating a sketch for painting of the façade facing onto Boulevard Pierre Frieden. The graphic artist Paul Kirps won this competition, with his “Global Village” design.
Demolition of the Jean Monnet 1 building
The Fund was also the project owner for demolition of the old Jean Monnet 1 complex. The Fund had elected to make the works site a demonstration project and a model case for the selective demolition of buildings. In fact, the Luxembourg legislation requires that prevention, reuse and recycling of wastes originating from construction and demolition are to be encouraged, in compliance with the waste hierarchy. Sorting and collection of the various categories of waste, undertaken as carefully as possible, should be realised in order to achieve high-quality recycling.
The amended law of 21 March 2012 governing waste also sets out that an inventory of construction materials should be drawn up prior to dismantling. It constitutes a valuable planning tool in the management of resources, the separated collection of construction materials and their efficient use as resources in Luxembourg.
With regard to deconstruction of the old Jean Monnet building, 400 tonnes of aluminium, 150 tonnes of glass and 45 tonnes of wood were sent to recycling companies in Luxembourg and in the Greater Region.
The inventory of materials also enables tendering documents with full, high-quality information to be drawn up, making it easier for bidders to put in accurately-costed bids. For the open tenders relating to clearance of the Jean Monnet 1 building, for example, the companies were required to submit a detailed memorandum on the proposed solutions, notably including details on sorting of waste, removal of materials and recycling channels.