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Call for Applications: Real Estate Architecture #2, Reclaiming the Office Building

13:30 - 26 April, 2017
Call for Applications: Real Estate Architecture #2, Reclaiming the Office Building

The international Summer School will take place in Brussels from from August 26th to September 2nd. Forty students and recently graduated architects will be invited to rethink the future of the office buildings, products of the real estate boom of the 1960s. Participants will be led by four talented architects: Piovenefabi (Milan), Gafpa (Ghent), Something Fantastic (Berlin) and Dyvik Kahlen (London).

AD Classics: Hôtel van Eetvelde / Victor Horta

04:00 - 1 February, 2017
AD Classics: Hôtel van Eetvelde / Victor Horta, Courtesy of Wikimedia user Zinneke (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)
Courtesy of Wikimedia user Zinneke (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

To the contemporary observer, the flowing lines and naturalistic ornamentation of Art Nouveau do not appear particularly radical. To some, Art Nouveau may even seem to be the dying gasp of 19th Century Classicism just before the unmistakably modern Art Deco and International Styles supplanted it as the design modes of choice. The Hôtel van Eetvelde, designed in 1897 by Victor Horta—the architect considered to be the father of Art Nouveau—suggests a different story. With its innovative spatial strategy and expressive use of new industrial materials, the Hôtel van Eetvelde is a testament to the novelty of the “New Art.”

Courtesy of Wikimedia user Zinneke (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) Courtesy of Flickr user T P (licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Courtesy of Wikimedia user Koenvde (Public Domain) This street front comprises typical Brusselian townhouses: narrow, multilevel, and highly individualistic in their ornamentation. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Steve Cadman (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) +6

Vincent Callebaut Architectures' Plans for Eco-Neighbourhood in Brussels

12:00 - 21 January, 2017
Vincent Callebaut Architectures' Plans for Eco-Neighbourhood in Brussels, Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has released plans for the development of a radical eco-neighborhood at Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium. Covering an area of 135,000 square meters, the proposal will see the redevelopment of the early twentieth-century Gare Maritime, and the construction of three residential “vertical forests” reaching 100 meters in height. The architect’s ultimate vision is a neighborhood which embraces technological progress, sustainable building principles, and renewal of the built heritage.

Situated northwest of Brussels city center, and constructed in 1907, the industrial park at Tour & Taxis originally operated as a shipping and customs complex. Whilst the lifting of European customs borders has rendered its original function obsolete, the Gare Maritime (Marine Terminal) still embodies the architecture of the industrial era.

Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures +28

Villa Black / K2A

09:00 - 9 December, 2016
Villa Black  / K2A, © Nicolas Schimp
© Nicolas Schimp

© Nicolas Schimp © Nicolas Schimp © Nicolas Schimp © Nicolas Schimp +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brussels, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Federico Alegria, Stéphane Kervyn, Laurent Keutgen
  • Collaborators

    Denis Vangansbergt, Flavia Radu
  • Client

  • Area

    560.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Housing Flandre / B612 Associates

02:00 - 15 June, 2016
Housing Flandre / B612 Associates , © Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates
© Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates

© Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates © Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates © Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates © Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates +24

Temporary Bridge / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

05:00 - 9 June, 2016
Temporary Bridge  / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh , © Jeroen Verrecht
© Jeroen Verrecht

© Tim Van De Velde © Jeroen Verrecht © Tim Van De Velde © Tim Van De Velde +16

Liverpool / B612 Associates

02:00 - 31 May, 2016
Liverpool / B612 Associates, © Maxime Delvaux - B612 Associates
© Maxime Delvaux - B612 Associates

© Maxime Delvaux - B612 Associates © Maxime Delvaux - B612 Associates © Maxime Delvaux - B612 Associates © Maxime Delvaux - B612 Associates +21

The House of Politics - AA Visiting School Brussels

20:00 - 26 May, 2016
The House of Politics - AA Visiting School Brussels, The House of Politics Poster
The House of Politics Poster

In AAVS Brussels you will experiment with film with the cutting edge film director Luis Cerveró. Film will be addressed as a critical instrument to inquire on the role of architecture in providing a space of representation for contemporary political bodies. Brussels, home of Benelux, EU and NATO, will be taken as a paradigmatic example, and the European Parliament as a concrete case study. The output of the workshop will be short films directed by the students and produced with the support of a specialized team from the HELB.

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. 

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.

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.”

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

Rem Koolhaas Asks: Are Smart Cities Condemned to Be Stupid?

00:00 - 10 December, 2014
Rem Koolhaas Asks: Are Smart Cities Condemned to Be Stupid?, The Smart Cities concept is linked to highly "liveable" cities such as Vancouver superseding more recognizable cities in our collective consciousness. Image Courtesy of SFU
The Smart Cities concept is linked to highly "liveable" cities such as Vancouver superseding more recognizable cities in our collective consciousness. Image Courtesy of SFU

Originally published by the European Commission as part of their "Digital Minds for a New Europe" series, this article is an edited transcript of a talk given by Rem Koolhaas at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014.

I had a sinking feeling as I was listening to the talks by these prominent figures in the field of smart cities because the city used to be the domain of the architect, and now, frankly, they have made it their domain. This transfer of authority has been achieved in a clever way by calling their city smart – and by calling it smart, our city is condemned to being stupid. Here are some thoughts on the smart city, some of which are critical; but in the end, it is clear that those in the digital realm and architects will have to work together.

Parlement Francophone Bruxellois / SKOPE

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Parlement Francophone Bruxellois / SKOPE, © Georges De Kinder
© Georges De Kinder

© Georges De Kinder © Georges De Kinder © Georges De Kinder © Georges De Kinder +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue du Lombard 77, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen Design Limited Furniture Series for MANIERA

01:00 - 3 June, 2014
Exhibition View © Sven Laurent. Image Courtesy of MANIERA
Exhibition View © Sven Laurent. Image Courtesy of MANIERA

The Brussels-based design initiative MANIERA invites emerging architects to design series of limited edition furniture. This April, their first show opened with works by the Belgian architects OFFICE KERSTEN GEERS DAVID VAN SEVEREN and the Dutch artist and architect Anne Holptrop. The objects are on view in the loft-like living space of Kwinten Lavigne and Amaryllis Jacobs, the couple who founded MANIERA. Since both have a background in the art world, it’s not surprising that the design objects shown at MANIERA are more than just furniture, but rather a deliberate search for collisions between the realms of architecture, design and art.   

AD Architecture School Guide: Brussels Faculty of Engineering [Bruface]

00:00 - 26 January, 2014
ULB Solbosch Campus - Building R42. Image © gm2011.ulb.ac.be, via Bruface Facebook Page
ULB Solbosch Campus - Building R42. Image © gm2011.ulb.ac.be, via Bruface Facebook Page

The United States has an architecture school in almost every major university in each of its 50 states. And while it’s true that the choices seem endless, it is also true that there are certain values and approaches that dominate. Ecological architecture, for example, is often not passive, but is technology-laden, which means a large production footprint for materials like PV panels, special types of glass, or other cladding solutions. This is just one example of how industry and pedagogy shape one another and in turn influence the perception of “legitimate” architecture. Teaching architectural history offers another example in which what comprises “relevant” history is all-too-often limited to Euro-American examples. Everything in Asia beyond twenty years ago, whether it is Southeast, South, or East, is usually ignored because - although the names of historical architects may well be known in their own countries, they are not easily translatable for the average English-language author of architecture survey books.

The truth is that even in architecture schools in European nations, approaches and emphases on pedagogical content and styles vary widely. For example, schools in northern Europe have very different views on what is important and how to teach it than schools in western Europe. One school with a very defined point of view is the Brussels Faculty of Engineering, or Bruface, created by Vrije Universiteit Brussel in cooperation with the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. There, students can receive a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering; they are trained not just in design, but in engineering, emphasizing a more structural, practical approach.

Loft FOR / adn Architectures

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Loft FOR / adn Architectures, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +34

WALL HOUSE / AND’ROL

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
© Georg Schmidthals
© Georg Schmidthals

© Georg Schmidthals © Georg Schmidthals © Georg Schmidthals © Georg Schmidthals +18