Luxembourg takes to the heights: INFINITY officially begins its ascent

On Thursday 27 April, IMMOBEL LUXEMBOURG laid the first stone of the INFINITY combined urban complex in the presence of the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, and the City of Luxembourg’s Mayor, Lydie Polfer. The concept, which, in 2015, won the development competition run by FUAK (Fund for the Urbanisation and Development of the Kirchberg Plateau) will be built on 10,700 m² of land at the entrance to the European district. The event marks the revitalisation of a district that has, until now, been given over mainly to the tertiary and administrative sectors and opens the way to an urban renewal. INFINITY is therefore a pioneer in that this is the first project in Luxembourg to offer a vertical solution rising to such a height in the residential sector, thereby providing the ideal response to the demand for land resource economy. The project architect, Bernardo Fort-Brescia, travelled specially from Miami to attend the event. Well-known for his residential tower developments worldwide, he is now embarking on his second project in Luxembourg with INFINITY. The complex developed by Arquitectonica in cooperation with the Luxembourg firm M3 Architectes will be built to international standards, including compliance with the BREEAM “excellent” standards for the design of the office building. The delivery of this project means a change of skyline for Kirchberg. Rising to a height of over 100 metres, the complex will consist of three buildings catering for the LIVE, SHOP, WORK functions and covering a total area of 33,300 m².

“Towers are being built in cities worldwide because building floors on top of each other is a way of increasing the initial capacity of the land and free up communal areas. Luxembourg’s demographic and economic growth mean that the capital is constantly expanding. Luxembourg needs to adapt to its population and a vertical approach favours the sustainable management of our precious land resources. INFINITY marks Luxembourg’s entry into a new era of urban deployment”: Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister.

“The cities in which we’ll be living in the future will be different from those that we know now. As a result of population growth, changing lifestyles and the scarcity of natural resources, cities will have to adapt and re-invent themselves. It’s essential for everyone – elected representatives, citizens, public and private decision-makers, architects, town planners, researchers and experts – to work together to take up the challenge.” Lydie Polfer, Mayor of the City of Luxembourg.

Discover the pictures from the event: Laying the first stone 27 April 2017

 

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