Victory’s belief in ‘renovation not demolition’ aligns perfectly with Icon’s fundamental belief in sustainable transformation.
As plans go, this one was ambitious. We wanted to create the best building in Brussels and to achieve a net zero status. An environmentally conscious building with heart and soul.
Icon put together a dream team of partners to turn our vision into reality. And together, we pulled it off.
Manhattan’s sustainability credentials are seriously impressive. It achieved net zero in construction and we’re well on our way to achieving the same distinction in day-to-day operations. To hit that net zero goal we’ve partnered with i.Leco to integrate a smart AI app with the building’s management system.
From booking meeting rooms to facilitating hourly energy tariffs (automatically trading energy, depending on real-time demand), the app significantly reduces energy consumption and costs.
Icon has turned Manhattan into a business environment unlike anywhere else in Brussels. Nothing looks, feels or behaves quite like it.
Often imitated, never equaled. Manhattan’s ecosystem offers tenants and their visitors an unrivalled range of amenities. It also gives its owner, Victory, a range of extra income sources.
Manhattan Meeting Center, Lincoln Auditorium, M Studio (executive gym), Delhaize supermarket and Manhattan’s car parking are all incredibly popular. And four high-end restaurants and bars are also a huge pull.
Like the rest of the building, getting the food and beverage offering right was hugely challenging. The F&B floor sits at the intersection of nearly all of the ducts and shafts that serve the office tower above. This meant that in some places, the floor-to-ceiling height was only 2.1m.
No stranger to the ‘impossible’, we worked with Creneau International to come up with creative solutions to whatever problems were thrown at us. Icon’s transformations are renowned for their fine dining and intimate cafés, there was no way that this building’s would be any less than exceptional.
Manhattan’s range of business, dining, wellbeing, retail and commuter amenities put it head and shoulders above anything else in Brussels. It’s the sort of place people love to work and show off to their visitors.
Icon has made Manhattan as flexible a proposition as possible, from both an accommodation and leasing perspective. You could say we’ve bent over backwards for our tenants.
Efficient, spacious and comfortable; the office floors can be adapted for a high number of fixed workstations in all sorts of layouts. Winter gardens and internal staircases also allow tenants to connect floors, creating a fully integrated, collaborative workplace feel.
Flexibility goes even further than on-floor efficiencies. Tenants can take advantage of a full ecosystem of shared amenities – breakout spaces, informal and formal meeting rooms. Places to work and socialize together, for better teamwork and overall wellbeing.
There is a philosophy or ‘brand promise’ behind everything we do, and the way we do it. Manhattan is a great example of this philosophy in action.
This can be summed up by four guiding principals:
– More than buildings
– Part of the community
– Working with the environment
– Flexibility makes things better
We create dynamic ecosystems that, together with the people who work there, have an important part to play. They are catalysts for societal change and set the highest standards for building renovation. Just as importantly, we are here for our tenants, doing whatever we can to help their businesses thrive.