Brucity administrative complex officially inaugurated
The City of Brussels has celebrated the official inauguration of Brucity, the administration’s new headquarters.
The move from the old location to this new complex has been ongoing for months, with civil servants relocating in waves from their former offices.
Local council meetings are now taking place in the new Brucity, and aldermen's offices have been relocated.
The move of the administration was accompanied by a vast operation to both modernise and simplify services for residents, notably through the digitalisation of procedures and a significant cutback on paperwork.
The equivalent of 6km of administrative documents have been digitised, according to Brussels mayor Philippe Close, and some 7.7km worth of other paper documents have been destroyed or archived in the basement.
The new BruCity features 37,000m² of office space, plus an underground car park that has 450 spaces for the public and 190 for staff.
The offices are designed to accommodate some 1,800 municipal employees.
An emphasis was made on the ergonomics of spaces, including the reception offices on the ground floor. Study rooms with wifi will also be available for 100 students during exam periods, outside office hours, from 2 May.
In the centre, a cylindrical atrium houses lifts to all floors. From the roof, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Brussels from a restaurant that will open its doors to officials at lunchtime by early summer and to the public in the evening by the start of the new school year.
Brucity was designed by a group of architects (Atelier Bruno Albert, Archi+I and Pierre Lallemand) and built by AG Real Estate on the site of the former Parking 58. Construction took five years to complete.
Photo: James Arthur Gekiere/Belga