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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 , Horst Castle. Image © <a href='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9c/Kasteel_van_Horst_-_Sint_Pieters_Rode_-_Belgica.jpg'>Francisco Conde Sánchez</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en/'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
Horst Castle. Image © Francisco Conde Sánchez licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

Architects Create Affordable "Exoskeleton" Pavilion With Modular Woods, Tie Straps and Sliding Joints

08:00 - 10 February, 2018
Architects Create Affordable "Exoskeleton" Pavilion With Modular Woods, Tie Straps and Sliding Joints, Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol
Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol

"Exoskeleton" is a pavilion that shows how Computer Aided Manufacturing can create rapid prototypes. This manufacturing process allows for real-scale construction and experimentation with limited resources. 

Sou Fujimoto Architects and AWAA Win Competition for Delta Tower in Brussels

14:15 - 4 December, 2017
Sou Fujimoto Architects and AWAA Win Competition for Delta Tower in Brussels, via L'Echo
via L'Echo

The Japanese/Belgian team of Sou Fujimoto Architects and AWAA has been selected as the winners of an international competition for the design of a new tower to be located at a significant crossroads in the outer Brussels municipality of Auderghem.

7 Top Teams Shortlisted in Competition to Design Centre Pompidou Brussels

14:00 - 25 July, 2017
7 Top Teams Shortlisted in Competition to Design Centre Pompidou Brussels, Courtesy of SAU-MSI
Courtesy of SAU-MSI

The Urban Development Corporation (SAU-MSI) has announced the seven shortlisted teams competing for the design of the latest Centre Pompidou outpost in Brussels, Belgium. The finalist teams were selected from 92 entries to the competition, which sought proposals to transform the existing Art Deco Citroën Yser garage in the heart of the city into a mixed-use museum complex focusing on contemporary art and architecture.

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