ARJM, in collaboration with SUM, recently won the competition for their project, “Square de l’Accueil” (Welcoming Square), which includes a public square of 10,000 m2, 53 flats, a school, commercial spaces and underground parking. Located in a neighborhood at a strategic entry point towards Evere, one of Brussels communes, the project itself includes all the components of the city at a smaller scale. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The Marie-José Van Hee + Robbrecht & Daem designed Market Hall in Ghent reinstates the presence of old urban areas that had become unrecognizable. As an urban interior, the inside embraces the passer-by with a dual modulated wooden ceiling, whose small windows scatter light inwards. The exterior, the entire building in fact, seems to assume a respectful role relative to the nobler historic stone buildings.
We have previously brought you images of the project, but these latest images by Hufton + Crow truly capture the experience and highlight the project’s materials and principles. A complete gallery of their photos can be viewed after the break.
Designed by Appareil, their proposal for Naves, a temporary pavilion for the city of Mons, Capital of Culture in 2015, addresses a contextual relationship to the gothic surroundings as an exploration on lightness and transparency. Inspired by this historical context, this project explores structural and material logics to revisit the gothic arch; the ‘curve’ is examined as a bending element caught within a woven collaborative structure of glass fiber tubes, in which the use of compression is exchanged by the one of tension for the building to achieve maximum lightness. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Presented here are twenty recent projects by an equal number of young Belgian architectural firms, published in conjunction with the exhibition ‘XX Models: Young Belgian Architecture’, at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. The exhibition showed one architectural model every two months beginning September 2008. Most projects include a public or collective dimension, public rather than private commissions were privileged, and a balance was sought between Flemish and Francophone firms. Each projected is examined in depth; selected offices include JDS Architects, Matador, URA, A229, Dierendonckblancke Architecten, B612 Associates and noA, among others.
Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I, Sileghem & Partners
Location: Esserstraat 8550 Zwevegem, Belgium
Project Director & Project Architect: Ir. arch. Michel Van der Beken
Design Architect: Arch. Steven Vanwildemeerch
Interior Architect: Int.arch. Bart Decloedt
Area: 7224.0 sqm
Photographs: Klaas Verdru
A+Editions provides the first overview of the export of Belgian architecture. Belgian Architecture Beyond Belgium is aimed at both amateurs and professionals of architecture and building. A critical synthesis of the history of Belgian architecture on the international stage since the 19th century and the opinions expressed during a round-table discussion by key figures currently involved in export provide elements of response to some important questions: What are the stakes, difficulties and specificities of Belgian architecture? Why, how and where has the know-how of Belgian architecture been disseminated? How do architects take into account local and cultural features in international projects?
Architects: awg architects
Location: Mechelen, Belgium
Lead Architect: bOb Van Reeth
Project Managers: Jonas Van de Walle and Bob Van Abbenyen
Client: Flemish Government
Program: Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights
Area: 6093.0 sqm
Photographs: Stijn Bollaert
Location: Kortrijk, Belgium
Architect In Charge: Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn, Peter Swinnen
Design Team: Tine Cooreman, Aline Neirynck, Bob De Wispelaere, Karel Verstraeten, Jan Opdekamp, Joram Van den Brande, Marc-Achille Filliol, Chris Blackbee, Emmanuel Debroise
Area: 4,240 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin, Paul Steinbrück
In the Belgian language “brug” means bridge, and it’s because of the amount of them in the European medieval city that it took its name. A ”fairy tale f***ing town” is how Harry (Ralph Fiennes), the foul-mouthed boss in In Bruges describes it. And indeed Bruges is a city full of fairy tale-like elements that weave through this crazy, sardonic, violent, and (in our opinion, awesomely) absurd movie.
Have you seen it? Do you know any other film fully linked to a specific city? Let us know in the comments below!