'Centre de Compétences’ Training Centre, Bettembourg | Luxembourg

Two symmetrical wooden administrative buildings were constructed in the heart of Bettembourg’s commercial district. Across a floor space of approx. 5,000 m² they offer training provided by the trade competence centres. With their specialisations on building services (electrical, HVAC, lifts etc.) and fit-out (roofing, tiling, painting etc.) they cover a wide range of construction trades. Additionally, they offer management training as well as training in soft skills.


Project Two symmetrical administrative buildings with office and seminar rooms
Location Bettembourg, Luxembourg
Completion 2020
Client Municipality of Bettembourg
Execution Steffen Holzbau
Architect architecture & urbanisme 21
Engineering office Schroeder & Associés S.A.
Material use 100 m³ of binderholz CLT BBS


Architecture blending tradition and modernity

The structure consists of two identical buildings that each comprise one office, seminar rooms, a roofed yard and a manufacturing hall. A sustainable building method was the main focus during design and construction of this training centre. The construction team consisting of Steffen Holzbau and relevant planning, control and manufacturing partners was able to turn structured collaboration into an impressive set of buildings that offers lots of space for the practical implementation of continued education of tradespeople.

High-quality, load-bearing binderholz timber ceiling elements and binderholz CLT BBS walls, complemented by solid wood doors and sturdy industrial parquet floors create a continuous atmosphere of wood in the light-flooded rooms of the administrative tract. The use of emission-free building materials and an integrated ventilation system with heat recovery and CO2 sensors yields a balanced indoor climate as well as a high degree of cosiness. This ecologically sustainable building method also manifests in the AAA building method used on the offices and the ABB method for the manufacturing halls. In Luxembourg, the efficiency classes AAA stand for passive buildings and energy efficiency, thermal insulation and environmental impact.

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