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"Reverse Zoo" LABIOMISTA Opening in 2019 Features Mario Botta Building

05:00 - 7 February, 2019
"Reverse Zoo" LABIOMISTA Opening in 2019 Features Mario Botta Building, Courtesy of Philippe van Gelooven
Courtesy of Philippe van Gelooven

The public will soon have the opportunity to experience the vulnerability and awe of briefly inhabiting an animal domain at the “Reverse Zoo,” LABIOMISTA. Translating to “mixture of life,” the 60-acre project is spearheaded by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen and is set to open in 2019.

C.F. Møller Architects and BRUT design Residential District in Belgium

13:00 - 9 January, 2019
C.F. Møller Architects and BRUT design Residential District in Belgium, Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects
Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects

C.F. Møller Architects and BRUT have won a competition for the design of an ambitious urban development in Ostend, Belgium. The neighborhood of 500 houses demonstrates a method of using a human scale to improve the quality of life the residents and the urban realm.

Stefano Boeri Designs the Greenest Apartment Building in Belgium

03:30 - 21 December, 2018
Stefano Boeri Designs the Greenest Apartment Building in Belgium, Palazzo Verde. Image Courtesy of ZOA Studio
Palazzo Verde. Image Courtesy of ZOA Studio

Stefano Boeri Architetti has created a new sustainable housing project for Antwerp, Belgium. Called Palazzo Verde, the design is formed with a semi-public garden at the ground floor and three large terraces of roof gardens. The project will include 86 trees, 2200 shrubs and perennials and 428,88 square meters of green surface. As the firm's first project in the country, the housing will be part of the Nieuw Zuid district to become a new landmark for the city.

8 Beautiful Belgian Houses: The Expert on Ugly Belgian Houses Weighs In

06:00 - 21 July, 2018
8 Beautiful Belgian Houses: The Expert on Ugly Belgian Houses Weighs In

Sometimes an architect’s best intentions get lost along the way. Sometimes they get value-engineered out; sometimes they were never really there to begin with. That's where Ugly Belgian Houses comes in. The blog, run by discerning Belgian Hannes Coudenys, documents some of his home country's architectural misadventures - all with a sense of humor, of course!

Today, to celebrate Belgium's National Day, we asked the man behind the blog to select some beautiful Belgian houses. His choices - with a few words from him and the architects - after the break.

Atelier Bow-Wow Designs Stage for Music Festival at Horst Castle

08:00 - 5 July, 2018
Atelier Bow-Wow Designs Stage for Music Festival at Horst Castle , © Jeroen Verrecht
© Jeroen Verrecht

Kasteel van Horst, a 17th-century castle in rural Belgium, and the raucous music festival it hosts every fall are an unlikely pair. But for the past four years, the Horst Music and Art Festival hosted at the castle just outside of Leuven, Belgium has brought together international artists, musicians, architects, and designers for a weekend of creative celebration. For the fifth and final iteration of the festival this year, Tokyo-based architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow will join the mix.

Iconic Vlooyberg Tower in Belgium Heavily Damaged by Arson

14:00 - 3 July, 2018
Iconic Vlooyberg Tower in Belgium Heavily Damaged by Arson, Courtesy of Close to bone
Courtesy of Close to bone

The iconic Vlooybergtoren in Tielt-Winge, Belgium, designed by Close to bone, has been heavily damaged by an explosion. The striking piece of landscape architecture, opened in May 2015, was badly damaged on Saturday night/Sunday morning, as reported by national news outlet VRT.

Eduardo Souto de Moura and META Unveil Proposed Exhibition Hall for Urban Renewal in Bruges

12:30 - 3 July, 2018
Eduardo Souto de Moura and META Unveil Proposed Exhibition Hall for Urban Renewal in Bruges, © infunctievan
© infunctievan

Eduardo Souto de Moura, in collaboration with META architectuurbureau, has released images of a proposed urban renewal project in the Belgian city of Bruges. The Beursplein & Congresgebouw consists of a new exhibition hall and covered public square on the site of a recently demolished trade fair complex.

51N4E wins 2018 European Prize for Urban Public Space

12:00 - 3 July, 2018
51N4E wins 2018 European Prize for Urban Public Space, Courtesy of 51N4E
Courtesy of 51N4E

Brussels-based architecture firm 51N4E have won first prize for their Skanderbeg Square project in Tirana, Albania. The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennale competition that promotes creating, restoring, and improving public spaces within European cities, and have chosen this year’s winners for their impressive transformation of the city’s central square.

The Work of Victor Horta, Art Nouveau's Esteemed Architect

06:00 - 28 June, 2018
The Work of Victor Horta, Art Nouveau's Esteemed Architect , via Victor Horta: The Architect of Art Nouveau by David Dernie and Alistair Carew-Cox
via Victor Horta: The Architect of Art Nouveau by David Dernie and Alistair Carew-Cox

Situated throughout Brussels, Victor Horta's architecture ranges from innocuous to avant-garde. While many of his buildings were completed in the traditional Beaux Arts style, it is Horta’s Art Nouveau works—most of them built as townhouses for the Belgian elite—that are most beloved. Emerging from the decorative arts tradition and, in some ways, anticipating the coming onslaught of modernism, Horta’s Art Nouveau buildings were erected during a fleeting decade: roughly 1893 to 1903.

Henning Larsen Brings Canals and Rooftop Farming to Brussels in Competition-Winning Masterplan

14:00 - 5 April, 2018
Henning Larsen Brings Canals and Rooftop Farming to Brussels in Competition-Winning Masterplan, Courtesy of Henning Larsen
Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Danish firm Henning Larsen has released images of their competition-winning Key West urban development, seeking to revitalize a socio-economically challenged area of the Belgian capital Brussels. Developed in collaboration with A2RC Architects, the masterplan aims to balance urban and recreational life along the Brussels Canal Zone through a combination of housing, schools, urban farming, and a market hall.

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