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Belgian Architecture

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Office KGDVS Create "Silver Lining" Scenography for Kortrijk's 25th Biennale Interieur

04:00 - 19 October, 2016
Office KGDVS Create "Silver Lining" Scenography for Kortrijk's 25th Biennale Interieur, © Office KGDVS
© Office KGDVS

Located close to the French border, one Belgian city has become a biannual fixture on the calendar for those who work with interior space. Since its foundation in 1968, Kortrijk's (Courtrai in French) Biennale Interieur has been at the beating heart of interior-innovation, curated by leading figures such as Philippe Starck, Gio Ponti, and Verner Panton.

Step Inside Zaha Hadid Architects' Antwerp Port House With Thomas Mayer's Photos

11:00 - 25 September, 2016
Step Inside Zaha Hadid Architects' Antwerp Port House With Thomas Mayer's Photos, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

Opening to much fanfare earlier this week, Zaha Hadid Architects' Port House holds a commanding presence over the port of Antwerp. The design combines a listed and formerly derelict fire station, which was restored as part of the project, with an eye-catching glass extension which rises out of the older building's courtyard and thrusts itself towards the water in a dramatic cantilever. In the context of the port, where large infrastructure and colossal machines form the backdrop to everyday functions, the building boldly stakes its claim as the operational centerpiece, providing a space for the Port of Antwerp's 500 employees. Photographer Thomas Mayer visited the building, capturing its striking external presence and investigating how its structural gymnastics translate to the building's internal space.

Zaha Hadid Architects' Antwerp Port House Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

09:15 - 23 September, 2016
Zaha Hadid Architects' Antwerp Port House Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Zaha Hadid Architects' new Port House in the Belgian city of Antwerp, which has been almost a decade in planning and construction, officially opens this week. A monumental new structure sits above a repurposed and renovated (formerly derelict) fire station, providing a new headquarters for Europe's second largest shipping port. Housing 500 staff, who will now be under the same roof for the first time, the building represents a sustainable and future-proof workplace for its employees. Photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has visited to capture his unique perspective on this new addition to the city's crane-covered skyline.

Belgian Pavilion to Present Craftsmanship and "Bravura" at 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 6 May, 2016
Belgian Pavilion to Present Craftsmanship and "Bravura" at 2016 Venice Biennale, "Untitled" – Fictions, 2007. Image © Filip Dujardin
"Untitled" – Fictions, 2007. Image © Filip Dujardin

A practice of architects, an interior architecture firm, and an architectural photographer will together be presenting the Belgian contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale. Architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, interdoorzon interieurarchitecten and Filip Dujardin—self-styled as the Bravoure (Bravura) team—will explore "what craftsmanship can mean during a period of economic scarcity" as, according to the curatorial team, "dealing with scarcity demands a high level of precision."

DMOA's Maggie Shelter Provides Stable Facilities for Refugees

06:00 - 5 January, 2016
DMOA's Maggie Shelter Provides Stable Facilities for Refugees , Courtesy of The Maggie Program
Courtesy of The Maggie Program

In light of recent refugee crises, Belgium-based architecture and engineering firm DMOA has become involved with The Maggie Program, an initiative to improve refugee shelter, education, and health through a new building concept.

2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced

07:00 - 6 October, 2015
2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced, The Jane; Belgium / Studio Piet Boon. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
The Jane; Belgium / Studio Piet Boon. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

The winners of the seventh annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards—the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces—have been announced in London. Out of over 860 entries from the United Kingdom and 70 other countries, 36 designs were awarded, with two grand prize winners.

Jony Ive-Designed Apple Store Opens Its Doors

16:02 - 21 September, 2015
Jony Ive-Designed Apple Store Opens Its Doors, © Bruno Dalimonte via edgargonzalez.com
© Bruno Dalimonte via edgargonzalez.com

Jony Ive, Apple's Chief Design Officer, has celebrated the opening of his first store in Brussels, Belgium. Like The Verge reports, at first glance the store's design seems somewhat predictable - large panes of glass, a simplistic and open feel. However, under Ive's guidance, the new store (and future stores) now feature a grove of potted trees and a heightened focus on natural materials, in particular wood. Read on to take a closer look. 

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh Install a Labyrinth of Boolean Voids in Genk

05:30 - 27 July, 2015
Gijs Van Vaerenbergh Install a Labyrinth of Boolean Voids in Genk, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

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.

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

04:55 - 24 July, 2015
Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Influence of Politics in the City, Courtesy of Monocle
Courtesy of Monocle

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.

Strook Creates Colorful Street Murals with Recycled Wood

08:00 - 2 July, 2015
Strook Creates Colorful Street Murals with Recycled Wood, Wood & Paint. Image © www.strook.eu
Wood & Paint. Image © www.strook.eu

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. 

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