Maison du Savoir, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

maison du savoir

An extension for the University of Luxembourg. A new "Cité des Sciences" was emerged in Belval, formerly the centre of the steel industry in south-west Luxembourg. The heart of this new complex is the "Maison du Savoir", the house of knowledge, a striking landmark housing lecture theatres, offices, chairs and restaurants in this communication centre for the campus. The architects from Baumschlager Eberle designed a narrow, 180m long horizontal block that cantilevers beyond the two almost 9m high pedestal blocks that lift it off the ground. An 18-storey tower rises above the western block. This tower is a reference to the chimneys of the industrial past of this location, creating a bond between new and old.


  • Characteristic of the seemingly industrial character of the horizontal block and the vertical tower is the combination of window elements and sunshading system made from square aluminium elements in the form of a curtain wall. This is where seele has proved itself to be a dependable partner with an eye for the right details. In addition to the aluminium window elements, seele was also responsible for a transparent, square, all-glass structural glazing element in insulating glass, which ensures that plenty of daylight reaches the large lecture theatre situated in the basement underneath the courtyard below the horizontal block.

20,400sqm façade surface   1,050 window elements

Client Fonds Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette
Main contractor Fonds Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette
Architect Baumschlager Eberle St. Gallen
Date of completion 2014
Scope of seele supply
  • approx. 20,400sqm façades
  • 8,500sqm sheet aluminium façades
  • 4,000sqm sheet aluminium soffits
  • 1,050 window elements
  • 800sqm all-glass façades, entrance zones
  • 200sqm all-glass windows
  • 200sqm glass cube
  • 200sqm sheet metal enclosure, plant room
  • sheet aluminium parapets
  • entrance doors

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