Chapman Taylor completes Phase 1 of Galerie Porte Louise asset enhancement project

Chapman Taylor has completed phase 1 of the Galerie Porte Louise asset enhancement project located in Ixelles, Brussels. The project aimed to enhance the public area of the shopping gallery without causing any major tenant disruptions.

The scope of phase 1 included enhancing the ceiling, and Chapman Taylor developed different concept options for this purpose. During the studies and demolition works, the original ceiling from the 1960s was discovered above the existing stretched ceiling. This discovery led to a rethinking of the concept, and the decision was made to keep and restore/enhance the original ceiling.

Reducing embodied carbon in projects is a key challenge for the built environment, and Chapman Taylor aims to refurbish, adapt and repurpose buildings where feasible. By reusing old structures and carefully reviewing material choices we aim to lower the carbon footprint of the refurbishment.

Before refurbishment

With the completion of phase 1, the gallery now boasts a new lighting concept that brings back value to the original ceiling forms. Further phases of the project will involve coordination with consultants to work on the best environmental proposal for the MEP installations, as well as further refurbishment of the flooring, signage, and shopfronts pilasters.

The gallery was built in 1963 partially under an existing church.

The Galerie Porte Louise is a small shopping gallery in Belgium, located in Ixelles in Brussels, near Avenue Louise on Avenue de la Toison d'Or.

Site works: DOMUS TEAM – GENISOL NV | Lighting consultant: LIGHT TO LIGHT | Client: COPROPRIETE DE LA GALERIE PORTE LOUISE | Electricity contractor: DEFITECH.

Mariia Grachova (MS Arch)

Director, Brussels

Mariia has worked on major retail, transportation and mixed-use schemes in Europe, Africa and South Asia, including the Brussels Airport Connector building, Evry2 shopping centre and the adjacent Place des Terrasses urban regeneration development near Paris, Douala Airport in Cameroon and Dolmen shopping centre in Lahore, Pakistan.

Mariia joined Chapman Taylor in July 2012 and became a Director in 2023. Committed and rigorous, Mariia has displayed great leadership skills and is technically proficient, as well as being able to speak several languages.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Transportation / Mixed-Use / Delivery

Xavier Grau (EUATB OAB)

Director, Brussels

Xavier has a wide range of design skills, with extensive experience working internationally. He has completed projects in many countries and cultural environments.

He specialises in the design and project management of mixed-use developments, and has particular expertise in the residential, workplace and retail sectors.

Xavier joined Chapman Taylor in 1997 as a design architect and project manager. He became the Director responsible for our Brussels studio in 2005.

Areas of Expertise:

Mixed-use / Retail

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