With a subtle innovation, UP-site is located in the heart of Brussels, along the Willebroek canal, opposite the Tour &Taxis site, in one of the most buoyant district of the Capital of Europe. With the  highest residential tower in Belgium offering an exceptional view on the city, buildings-terraces and its office complex, the UP-site project is emblematic in more than one respect.

Officially inaugurated in June 2014, the UP-site Tower has become the symbol of the redevelopment of the Canal district.

Urban diversity alongside the canal

Located in a rapidly changing district, UP-site revolves around three distinct entities: a Tower 140 meters high with an iconic architectural design, a Building-Terrace complex to the classic template, and an office complex consisting of 4 buildings.
A promenade along the banks  also offers shops and neighbourhood facilities designed to contribute to the new dynamics of the district.

Services for urban living comfort

UP-site is also a place to live adapted to active city dwellers. Residents of the Tower enjoy a range of services designed to facilitate their life: a concierge available  14 hours a day, a private cinema, a playroom for children, a Spa & Wellness Center, indoor gardens, private parking spaces... The UP-site Tower also houses a crèche and soon a second restaurant.

Stunning views

 Entering an UP-site apartment is a unique experience. Every apartment has large bay windows and one or more terraces opening out onto the most outstanding view of the capital.

The role of water

Boasting a superb green walk along the canal, UP-site also aims at giving back to water the role it deserves in the city. Completely redeveloped, the nearby Port of Brussels will add its contribution to the new aesthetic of the area.  

In the heart of the city in a district undergoing a complete redevelopment 

Located in an area marked by a rich industrial past (Tour &Taxis site, Citroën buildings, Port of Brussels,...) and a cultural hub in full swing, the redevelopment of this area aims at creating an urban East-West axis and converting the former industrial zone into a large scale mixed urban complex. The revitalization of the district has only just started, as evidenced by the many projects thriving in the district: prestigious MoMa which will soon move into the Citroën buildings, art galleries, boutiques, the future Tour &Taxis park …   

Accessibility and soft mobility

With a particularly easy accessibility by car (via the Ring), in the immediate proximity of the Gare du Nord (a few minutes’ walk or by bike) and a bus stop at the foot of the site, this residential area takes into account all the contingencies related to sustainable mobility. 

Social and sustainable priorities

UP-site combines diversity, density, user-friendliness and architectural quality and also focuses on innovative and effective sustainable development techniques. With this in mind, the designers opted for including the recovery of rainwater, the insulation of exterior walls, the cogeneration to meet most of the electricity needs, the use of thermal capacity of the canal water and the installation of green roofs suitable for the thermal and acoustic insulation of the buildings.

Rational energy management

Attentive to sustainable energy management, the project benefits from the efficiency of new technical office/home synergies. Designed according to the most demanding sustainable standards, the apartments will generate a 45% energy saving compared to standard. The orientation of the tower was also  studied to avoid wind nuisance (noise, air currents) or sunlight (shadow). 

Between the quai des Péniches, place des Armateurs and the quai de Willebroek, Brussels,

Mixed complex of housing, shops and offices

Atenor S.A. and its subsidiaries

Project manager

Apartments: Tower: 39 800 m² - Terraces-Apartments: 13 275 m² - Offices: 29 690 m² - Retail areas: 1 650 m²

Ateliers Lion Architectes - Urbanistes (Paris) and A2RC Architects (Brussels)

General contractor
Association Momentanée BPC - Valens

Start of work
Asbestos removal and demolition: 2008 / Start of infrastructure work: July 2010

End of work
Offices: December 2013 /Apartments: January 2014 (Les Terrasses) and June 2014 (Tower)


Project Director
Olivier Hanocq, for Scodim scs