ICÔNE, a new office complex in Luxembourg designed by Foster + Partners has broken ground. The 18,800 square-meter office building, filled with light and greenery, encourages a spirit of co-creation and collaboration. Its flexible layout addresses the need for safe working environments and the changes to the workplace that will emerge in the future. It also references the rich industrial heritage of area, revitalizing it by making a positive contribution to the site and its surroundings.
The building, designed in collaboration with local practice Beiler Francois Fritsch, is arranged as two wings enclosing the central atrium, wrapped by a distinctive orthogonal façade and roof which emphasize the structural grid and give the building a unified industrial look. The façade is both structural and environmentally responsive, providing an integrated solution that allows for internal column-free office spaces as well as solar shading and maximized internal daylight.
The fluidity of the internal space contrasts with the building’s dignified formal exterior. The open circulation adds to the vibrancy of the internal spaces, with communal terraces for informal meetings and break out spaces at higher levels overlooking the central volume. The atrium is a green light-filled space that is very much the social heart of the project, providing visual connectivity and a dynamic atmosphere for both work and play.