(c) Séverin Malaud


The police of Brussels-Capital Ixelles is now scattered throughout the territory of Brussels-City, in old buildings with poor energy performance and obsolete technologies. The objective is therefore to bring them together in one place, and not the least: the de Ligne building. Indeed, benefiting from a very central location on a site delimited by the streets of the Ligne, de la Banque et Montagne de l’Oratoire, this former bank headquarters was built at the end of the 1970s and benefits from a very particular design and architecture.

The challenge will be to transform thoroughly the existing site, which includes an auditorium, a vaulted hall and a large underground car park. In the future, the building will combine a wide range of functions: administrative and training functions, but also a crisis center, a cell complex, interrogation rooms, a restaurant, sports facilities and areas accessible to visitors. Parking spaces must be provided for priority vehicles and some functions must be operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To carry out this ambitious project, the City of Brussels is looking for a multidisciplinary team. The latter will have to pay particular attention to intelligent adaptive reuse of the existing building in its context, while giving it a new identity reflecting the ambitions and spirit of the police and shaping this project in a sustainable way.