|Build between 1904 and 1906 according to plans from architect Van Humbeek, the Royal Depot was destined for long-term storage of goods under the control of the government.
As soon as you enter the site your eyes are drawn to the left to a breathtaking example of industrial architecture, with an imposing façade, covered with bricks and bluestone.
Look at the main entrance and discover the coats of arms of the capitals of Belgium's nine provinces, all under the benevolent eye of Mercury, god of trade.
The renovation of such a fine and exceptional historic building was trusted to the talented architects of ARCHI2000 and to Jan Van Lierde.
The result is amazing.
Through the high glass roof that covers the whole 57.000 m² light falls down on the Interior street (180m) and the galeries that surround it. Through glass floortiles in the central alley you can still see the old railway running between cobblestones under your feet.
Today design and office furniture shops, restaurants and services align the elevated new surface. The central part of the street welcomes cultural events that can be visited for free.
While you as a visitor discover the shops, more than 1200 people work in the lodges along the galleries, four stories high. Today the Royal Depot is home for the offices of about forty companies.
Thanks to this multifunctional activities embedded in the beauty of historical architecture the Royal Depot is more alive than ever.