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6/7/2012 11:59 AM 

MG Tower, the 6th tallest building in Belgium, officially opened yesterday in Ghent, as the gateway to new ‘Loop’ district in the city. The 118-meter (389-foot) building will be the headquarters for the KBC Bank and the tallest building in Belgium outside Brussels.

Belgian firm Jaspers-Eyers Architects designed the building “deliberately as a landmark with a strong identifiable image,” according to local coverage. The architects hope the tower will become a defining symbol for the new Loop district.

The Loop is a new “city within a city,” with a range of working, living and leisure space.

The 27-story, 21,400-square meter (230,350-square foot) MG Tower will accommodate 1,200 people.

According to the news report:

“The main volume – which is based on an efficient square floor plan - contains the offices and training facilities for KBC bank. This beam shaped central part of the tower is sliced into two parts which have been slightly shifted.

The right side of the tower is stretched and ends in slim volume which contains VIP reception area’s on the 25th floor and plant rooms above. The open top of the building contains the cooling tower and the facade cleaning equipment.

The left side volume is topped by a large accessible roof terrace on the 25th floor, the highest rooftop terrace in the country, adjacent to the VIP reception area, and ends in a cantilever at the side of the motorway. The volume which contains the 200-seat auditorium in the base of the building forms a countermovement, as a strong base for the suspended left hand volume.

The result is a single shape, which clearly refers to the program of the bank, with its multiple semi-public functions in the base and the more private smaller program at the top. At the same time the building is firmly anchored in its immediate surrounding environment with distinct facades in all directions.”

Find a list of Belgium's tallest buildings here.