The Provinciehuis in Leuven, capital of the province of Flemish Brabant, is a totally renewed an inspiring meeting venue next to Brussels, in the heart of Europe.
Architecture: an open house
The Portuguese architect Gonçalo Sousa Byrne designed the building. He integrated the spacious, functional and technical aspects of the compound. Moreover, he also gave it a special aura: young, democratic, ambitious and accessible. The “province house” fits perfectly within the larger whole of the Louvain station surroundings.
Accessible to all
The province house meets today’s accessibility standards:
- Accesses are sufficiently large.
- Adapted toilets.
- Adjustable tables.
- Specially designed parking lots.
- Differences in height to be bridged by slopes
- Indications in braille (e.g. in the elevators).
The design and the arrangement of the province house contain environmentally friendly and energy-saving measures.
- Within walking distance from the Louvain railway station and bus stops.
- Energy saving:
- Super-insulating glazing (for noise also).
- Use of solar energy.
- Automatic sun blind.
- High efficiency boilers.
- Automatically regulated lighting.
- Water saving by reuse of rainwater and spare buttons on the toilets.