Construction begins at new European Investment Bank in Luxembourg

21 September 2022
Credit: Mecanoo/BuroHappold
  • Mecanoo/BuroHappold
  • Mecanoo/BuroHappold
  • Mecanoo/BuroHappold
  • Mecanoo/BuroHappold





Mecanoo and BuroHappold design sustainable HQ expansion

The European Investment Bank (EIB) – the financial institution that provides long-term public financing for projects in line with the European Union’s policy objectives – has chosen to expand its headquarters in Luxembourg with a third modern building designed by Tenderstream member Mecanoo and BuroHappold. Tenderstream member IDOM developed the construction engineering and will also supervise the works on behalf of the client, playing the institutional role of FIDIC Engineer.

The departure point for the design of the new EIB is the connection between the green valley north of the site and the urban European administration quarter to the south. By weaving itself into the adjacent landscape and urban fabric, the building establishes new physical and visual connections. Together with the enhanced public space, the new building unifies the EIB campus and articulates a clear identity for the European Investment Bank. The designers created the building and its exterior public space to express the organisation’s stated values, including respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.

As many as 2200 sq m of photovoltaic panels will be installed on the roof and some facades, capable of generating up to 374MWh per year. The building’s thermal envelope will ensure maximum energy efficiency and all energy sources will be renewable and certified. In terms of sustainable mobility, the building will be equipped with charging stations for electric cars and parking spaces for around 180 bicycles and scooters. 

General contractor Rizzani de Eccher was awarded the contract for the construction of a new Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB), a project that has already received a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating under the BREEAM. The project is being built by Rizzani de Eccher in a joint venture with the Dutch Ballast Nedam group. 

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

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