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General information

  • Location address
    Boulevard Raymond Poincarré 7, Liège
  • Location country
  • Year of construction
  • Name of the client/building owner
    Wilhelm & Co, Brussels
  • Function of building
    Shops and stores
  • Degree of enclosure
    Fully enclosed structure
  • Climatic zone
    Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
  • Number of layers
  • Type of application of the membrane
  • Primary function of the tensile structure
    • Daylight gains
    • Rain protection
    • Space defining elements
    • Sun protection
    • Thermal insulation
    • Wind protection


In the Longdoz district of Liège, the 6.5 hectare site of an abandoned steelwork factory has been transformed into the home of Liège’s newest attraction, the Médiacité retail mall. The dramatic architecture of the building, the large number of exciting retail and leisure attractions and its great central location mean that Médiacité can expect to welcome more than six million customers each year from Belgium, Germany and Holland.
Médiacité is a truly beautiful building, successfully combining technical excellence with visual elegance. The 350m long mall weaves from the old market at Place Brenu to the new Belgian national television building at the RTBF Piazza. The intricate steelwork structure is free-spanning and is elegantly clad with Texlon® ETFE cushions. The Texlon® ETFE cushions provide various colours and textures, and even different thermal performances. Médiacité was one of the nominees for the biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2011. Several architectural practices were involved in the design of Médiacité including Ron Arad, Chapman Taylor, Jaspers-Eyers and RTKL.
from www.vector-foiltec.com/projects/mediacite/

The steel construction is made from compound welded tubular girders, with a plate thickness varying between 8 and 40mm. Transportable parts were assembled in advance.

Description of the environmental conditions

Material of the cover

  • Cable-net/Fabric/Hybrid/Foil
  • Material Fabric/Foil

Main dimensions and form

  • Covered surface (m2)
  • Total width (m)
  • Form single element

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure

Involved companies