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Gijs Van Vaerenbergh Install a Labyrinth of Boolean Voids in Genk

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, an artistic collaboration between architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh, have created a labyrinthine intervention at the heart of the c-mine arts centre in Genk, Belgium. The development of this sculptural-spatial intervention has its foundations in the artists' interest in fundamental architectural typologies; earlier installations of theirs have been based on structures like the city gate, the bridge, the wall, and the dome. Here, the "age-old" form of the labyrinth" is explored as a spatial experience in a unique composition of wall and void.

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Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Influence of Politics in the City

For this edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team investigate politics in global "power cities." Visiting Brussels, capital of Belgium and administrative capital of the European Union, they explore how politics have changed the city over the last four decades. Further south, they travel to Vienna which, "diplomatically remains very important and wields power." Yet even though the UN have an outpost there, is the Austrian capital still a stage for international diplomacy? The episode also makes a quick stop at Embassy Row in Washington D.C. to examine the architecture of diplomatic design.

Social Housing Refurbishment in Izegem / Architect Lieven Dejaeghere

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Neutelings Riedijk Architects Begins Construction on Largest Passive Office Building in Belgium

Neutelings Riedijk Architects has begun construction on the Herman Teirlinck Building, which, when complete, will be the largest passive office building in Belgium, serving as a mixed-use center for the Flemish government.

The 66,500 square-meter building, located in Brussels, will be built along the canal on the site of Tour & Taxis, one of the last large-scale development locations in the heart of the city, in hopes that it will transform the area into “a new high-quality green urban district with mixed functions.”

House VCC / Enplus Architecten

  • Architects: Enplus Architecten
  • Location: Sint-Denijs-Westrem, 9051 Ghent, Belgium
  • Architect In Charge: Nicolas Blondeel
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stefanie Faveere

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Strook Creates Colorful Street Murals with Recycled Wood

Discarded planks, doors, floorboards and furniture become colorful geometric faces in Stefaan De Croock’s street murals in Belgium. De Croock (also known as Strook), preserves the color and texture of the scavenged wooden pieces, cutting them into geometric shapes and piecing them together to form colossal faces. 

"The whole process of making such a recycled artwork is really interesting; the search for wood, cutting and making the pieces, placing and building it,” Strook said. “I really like working with the old patina of discarded wood. It’s like a footprint of time; every piece has it own story and comes together in a new composition and forms a new story.”

View photos and learn more about two of his recent projects – Elsewhere and Wood & paint – after the break.

Elsewhere. Image © www.strook.eu Wood & Paint. Image © www.strook.eu Wood & Paint. Image © www.strook.eu Wood & Paint. Image © www.strook.eu

Villa Willemsdorp / Dieter De Vos Architecten

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New Public Library Zoersel / OMGEVING Architecture

  • Architects: OMGEVING Architecture
  • Location: Dorp 50, 2980 Zoersel, Belgium
  • Design Team: Evy Depauw, Karol Grygolec, Kaat Balcaen, Tristan Verleyen, Otsoe Verdonckt
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yannick Milpas

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House in Burst / De Smet Vermeulen architecten

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Head Office of AGC Glass Europe / SAMYN and PARTNERS

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West 8 and Snoeck Win Competition to Redesign Het Zand Square in Bruges

The Bruges City Council has selected West 8 + Snoeck & Partners, in partnership with Atelier Roland-Jéol, as the winners of a competition to design the ‘t Zand, also known as Het Zand Square, in Bruges, Belgium.

The 8,500-square-meter historic square has remained unchanged for the past 30 years, and the Council felt that an update was duly needed. In January, five out of 20 designs were shortlisted, and on June 16, the winner was chosen at a presentation before a jury of City Council representatives and external experts.

Brutopia / stekke + fraas

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A2M, Jaspers-Eyers Architects and BAG Design Eco-Neighborhood for Belgium

Association Bureau A2M, Jaspers-Eyers Architects and Bureau d’Architecture Greish's (BAG) proposal for an “eco-neighborhood” in Liège, Belgium, has been unanimously selected by a jury in a competition to design a mixed-use real-estate project. Dubbed “Paradis Express,” the design incorporates offices, housing and local shops and will occupy a 35,000m2 site located along a future esplanade across from Guillemins station, and next to the new Finance Tower. The competition was held by Fedimmo, in consultation with the city of Liège and the Walloon Region.

Exterior View. Image Courtesy of A2M Roof Garden. Image Courtesy of A2M Exterior View. Image Courtesy of A2M Aerial View. Image Courtesy of A2M

Renovation & Extension of a Holiday House / Dehullu Architecten

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Anndenne's Cultural Center / Label Architecture

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