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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. 

Villa H in W / Stéphane Beel Architect

05:00 - 2 September, 2015
Villa H in W / Stéphane Beel Architect, © Luca Beel
© Luca Beel

© Luca Beel © Luca Beel © Luca Beel © Luca Beel +22

Puinhuis / FELT

02:00 - 11 August, 2015
Puinhuis / FELT, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

Courtesy of FELT Courtesy of FELT Courtesy of FELT © Filip Dujardin +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ghent, Belgium
  • Design Team

    Jasper Stevens (FELT) with 360 architecten
  • Consultants

    LIME, Robuust
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Filip Dujardin, Courtesy of FELT

Brussels Environment / architectenbureau cepezed

05:00 - 5 August, 2015

© cepezed | Léon van Woerkom © cepezed | Léon van Woerkom © cepezed | Léon van Woerkom © cepezed | Léon van Woerkom +29

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.

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +28

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

04:55 - 24 July, 2015

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

03:00 - 22 July, 2015
Social Housing Refurbishment in Izegem / Architect Lieven Dejaeghere, © Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +28

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

06:00 - 13 July, 2015
Neutelings Riedijk Architects Begins Construction on Largest Passive Office Building in Belgium, Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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

09:00 - 2 July, 2015
House VCC / Enplus Architecten, © Stefanie Faveere
© Stefanie Faveere

© Stefanie Faveere © Stefanie Faveere © Stefanie Faveere © Stefanie Faveere +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sint-Denijs-Westrem, 9051 Ghent, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Nicolas Blondeel
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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. 

"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 +30

Villa Willemsdorp / Dieter De Vos Architecten

03:00 - 2 July, 2015
Villa Willemsdorp / Dieter De Vos Architecten, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +16

New Public Library Zoersel / OMGEVING Architecture

11:00 - 30 June, 2015
New Public Library Zoersel / OMGEVING Architecture, © Yannick Milpas
© Yannick Milpas

© Yannick Milpas © Yannick Milpas © Yannick Milpas © Yannick Milpas +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dorp 50, 2980 Zoersel, Belgium
  • Design Team

    Evy Depauw, Karol Grygolec, Kaat Balcaen, Tristan Verleyen, Otsoe Verdonckt
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House in Burst / De Smet Vermeulen architecten

17:00 - 26 June, 2015
House in Burst / De Smet Vermeulen architecten, © Dennis De Smet
© Dennis De Smet

© Dennis De Smet © Dennis De Smet © Dennis De Smet © Dennis De Smet +26

Head Office of AGC Glass Europe / SAMYN and PARTNERS

09:00 - 22 June, 2015
Head Office of AGC Glass Europe / SAMYN and PARTNERS, © Simon Schmitt
© Simon Schmitt

© Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Marie-Françoise Plissart © Marie-Françoise Plissart +61

Town House in Antwerp / Sculp[IT]

03:00 - 22 June, 2015
Town House in Antwerp / Sculp[IT], © Luc Roymans
© Luc Roymans

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Antwerp, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mertens
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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

12:00 - 20 June, 2015
West 8 and Snoeck Win Competition to Redesign Het Zand Square in Bruges, © West 8
© West 8

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

20:00 - 12 June, 2015
Brutopia  / stekke + fraas, © Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +37

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

06:00 - 12 June, 2015
A2M, Jaspers-Eyers Architects and BAG Design Eco-Neighborhood for Belgium, Urban Context. Image Courtesy of A2M
Urban Context. Image Courtesy of A2M

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 +17