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!
Architects: dmvA Architecten, A3 Architects
Location: Kortrijk, Belgium
Architect In Charge: vzw Katho, Katholieke Hogeschool Kortrijk
Design Team: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Emilie Dorekens, Sabine Rosseel
Structural Engineer: Bvba Studiebureel Vansteelandt
Area: 225 sqm
Photographs: Mick Couwenbergh