THON Hotel, Belgium

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ALTIPLAN architects prefers ASSA ABLOY

ASSA ABLOY in Belgium worked closely with architects and the European Council to solve a wide range of entrance challenges at the new Council of Ministers building in Brussels.

With its nine partners, 50 staff members and offices in Brussels and Liège, ALTIPLAN architects is Belgium’s fourth biggest architectural practice. The firm is also a member of EAN, with a presence in a dozen European cities. Their motto is George Bernard Shaw’s famous quote: “Some men see things as they are and ask, why? I dream of things that never were and say, why not?” That is one reason why ALTIPLAN architects chose ASSA ABLOY as a preferred partner.

The ASSA ABLOY Solutions team always listens to architects’ demands, from the end user’s dream to the engineers’ requirements, and proposes the best solutions that will suit everyone. And thanks to the ASSA ABLOY Group, the answer can always be found in one of our companies. This confident relationship has been built over the 16 years of partnership on projects. In the Belgian city of Liège, the idea was to take a prestigious 15th century residence, the Hôtel des Comtes de Méan, combine it with a heritage building from the 12th century and add a new building to create the Crowne Plaza hotel. The project, stemming from the vision of developer Pierre Berryer, required a lot of imagination and know-how from the architects. It was difficult to realize, but the result is impressive: old and new live in harmony.

The Crowne Plaza has 150 rooms equipped with Vingcard Signature Visionline and 500 other doors (to offices, laundry, bathrooms, toilets, storage and so on) equipped with the complete ASSA ABLOY package of locks, door closers, panic devices, cylinders and architectural hardware.

The other hotel that ASSA ABLOY Belgium was involved with is the Thon Hotel EU, opening on April 1, 2012, in the EU Quarter of Brussels. This hotel has 500 rooms equipped with Vingcard Vision Online locks and safes, and 800 other doors equipped with ASSA ABLOY solutions: Litto locks, cylinders and architectural hardware. The gross value of both projects was 700,000 euros last year – no small achievement.

And what’s next for the partnership between ALTIPLAN architects and ASSA ABLOY? An impressive tower in Brussels, just next to the famous Madou Tower, with 35,000 square meters of offices and more than 1,000 doors.