Project ZIN in Noord Brussels - Can we still call this a greenhouse?
Integrating green into an urbanised environment
Creative with greenhouse technology.
The project Zin is a multifunctional project that creatively combines various functions. The project aims to open itself to the city with its own ecosystem. It represents a new approach to urban development, integrating greenery into a highly urbanized environment. The design of the building's exterior, with the glasshouse, is now entering its final phase.
Can we still call it a greenhouse?
It is a challenge - in terms of architecture and execution - to integrate an ecosystem into a highly urbanized area with nothing but high-rise buildings while respecting the environment. In collaboration with Forzon, the architects set a high bar for developing a greenhouse.
But can we still call it a greenhouse? Forzon is creative with greenhouse technology. Forzon's strength lies in bringing humans and nature under the same (glass) roof.
The purpose of this glass greenhouse with a ground area of 1800 m² and a height of18 meters, is to create a park with lifelike trees and flowerbeds. It should be a natural oasis that invites visitors and provides a gentle transition from the busy outside world to the indoor environment of the building. Green brings tranquility, and green also becomes the color of the structure.
The structure is designed to withstand wind loads typical of turbulence around high-rise buildings. Furthermore, the greenhouse is independent of the high-rise building, ensuring its own stability. All forces from wind and snow loads are absorbed by the greenhouse itself.
Creative with greenhouse technology
In co-creation with the client Befimmo, architect 51N4E, and the stability engineer VK Architects & Engineering, a greenhouse has been developed that meets the requirements with all its functionalities. We are far from the concept of a rural greenhouse but closer to the stability calculations of bridge construction.
Forzon provides top-notch custom work here. Yet, this construction is full of technologies originating from greenhouse construction. These are technologies that ensure its own indoor climate to make it viable for plants. And what's good for nature is good for humans.
Forzon handles all the special techniques here, including natural ventilation, ventilation, shading, solar energy, irrigation, and all the provisions for maintenance and repairs. More on this in future blogs.
The main junctions of the structure were produced with millimeter precision in Forzon's production facilities. To ensure stability, the heavy piles were fabricated in one piece. They were transported to the construction site by specialized transport. The first elements have been delivered and assembly has begun. It will be an exciting challenge to assemble everything in the coming months.