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 2012 edition of Parckdesign, a biennial event dedicated to green space planning initiated by Brussels Environment and the Brussels Ministry for Environment, Energy and Urban Renovation, aims to reinterpret industrial wastelands, leftover spaces and interstices in Brussels. With this challenge, Raumlabor chose to open the gates to the spacious and pleasant courtyard of Curo Hall and to extend the public space by planning a whole series of concerted developments to comply with the uses of the local associations (whose activity is usually little known to the inhabitants of the neighborhood). More images and architects’ description after the break.
Previously featured on ArchDaily, The Cube Restaurant is a pavilion designed pop up restaurant by Park Associati that will travel throughout Europe providing a unique dining experience with spectacular views. Photographer Danica Kus shared these photographs of the completed restaurant as it sits atop the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels.
Architects: Park Associati – Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi with Alexia Caccavella, Alice Cuteri, Lorenzo Merloni
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Client: Electrolux Home Appliances Emea N.V.
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Danica O. Kus
KCAP Architects & Planners present their vision today for NEO Brussels, the redevelopment of the Heysel plateau, , to the political arena, the press and the public. The team, KCAP working together with advisors Arup and Fakton, won the international design competition in September 2010. The area is one of the most strategic locations in the Brussels Metropole Region. The design for NEO Brussels aims to strengthen the significance of the Heysel, and to qualify it within a framework for sustainable development. More images and complete press release after the break.
The imposing architecture and monumental scale of Brussels’ landscape are some of the characteristics that establish the personality of the city. A distinctive example of the aesthetic architecture that orients and at the same time governs the area of its presence is the Law Court. This proposal for the future formation of the Law Court of Brussels, Belgium by Europe Studio Architects moves in parallel to the existing frame and function of the building and proposes the re-establishment of the internal system that made this court a public social space in addition to its political and judicial functions. The monumental and programmatic aspects of the building will be preserved, with additions of cultural functions such as gallery and exhibition spaces.
More on this project after the break.
The Bronks Youth Theatre in Brussels consists of two halls, two holes in-between of which a central circulation shaft is situated. The staircase has the shape of a double helix with swing doors (coated with mirrors) placed on every intermediate landing. MDMA call it ‘the septum’. It regulates the use of the halls in a myriad of ways. MDMA tried to make the halls, materialized in concrete, float and soar in light. Apart of the staircases, circulation ‘around’, consist for a large part out of ramps. They render a sense of detachment from the horizontal, the horizon.
Architect: Martine de Maeseneer Architects (MDMA)
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Project Team: Gunnar Degerlid (Project Team), Xavier Callens, Annette Chu, Ruben Van Colenberghe, Kristiaan Van Weert, Kathleen Decock, Iris Van Rijsbergen
Structural Engineer: ABT Antwerp & BAS Jaspaert Leuven
M&E Engineer: BEC Brussels
Acoustics: Daidalos Peutz Leuven
Theatre Technics: TTAS Ghent
Safety Coordinator: Jos Van Loon Brussels
Project Area: 3,500 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Marie-Françoise Plissart, Filip Dujardin
The Belgian Buildings Agency and the Department of Justice recently announced the winners of their Brussels Courthouse: Imagine the Future International Ideas Competition. To make the issues of architecture and urban design more widely known, BOZAR Architecture has backed this initiative by hosting the awards ceremony and staging an exhibition of the entries at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels until May 15th. More images and description of winning entries after the break.