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Ursulinen Blocks and Courtyards / Label Architecture

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert + 25

Mechelen, Belgium
  • Architects: Label Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 5018.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

De Drie Platanen Care Home / Bovenbouw

© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin + 24

Ostend, Belgium
  • Architects: Bovenbouw
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 7800.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

De Schoor Turnhout Community Center / TRANS architectuur I stedenbouw

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert + 12

Turnhout, Belgium

Park Pavilion The Hoge Veluwe National Park / De Zwarte Hond + MONADNOCK

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Elementary School Zarren / FELT

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert + 21

Zarren-Werken, Belgium
  • Architects: FELT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1800.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Minimalist Windows with High Rigidity Steel Profiles: Transparency and Subtle Design

After centuries of using wood for the development of window and door carpentry, the Rationalism of the 20th century began to adopt a new material for these purposes: steel. Driven by industrial production, and promoted by architects such as Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, steel was evolving to generate increasingly thin and resistant frames. However, efficient and low-cost materials, such as aluminum and PVC, gradually began to replace its widespread use, increasing the size of the frames and losing steel's "clean" aesthetic when applied to a growing architecture of large glass paneled facades.

At present, new technologies have refined their production processes, developing minimal profiles of high rigidity and precision, which take full advantage of the transparency of the glass and deliver new comfort and safety features. We talked with Jansen's experts to deepen our understanding of their application in contemporary architecture.

LocHal Library / CIVIC architects + Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau + Inside Outside + Mecanoo. Image © Stijn Bollaert Museo Bauhaus Dessau / Addenda Architects. Image © Thomas Meyer Cortesía de Jansen Futurium Berlin / Richter Musikowski. Image © Schnepp Renou + 30

CADIZ ANTWERP / META architectuurbureau + POLO

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Is Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) the Concrete of the Future?

Concrete, an essential building material, has for decades offered us the possibility of shaping our cities quickly and effectively, allowing them to rapidly expand into urban peripheries and reach heights previously unimagined by mankind. Today, new timber technologies are beginning to deliver similar opportunities – and even superior ones – through materials like Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT).

To better understand the properties and benefits of CLT, we talked with Jorge Calderón, Industrial Designer and CRULAMM Manager. He discusses some of the promising opportunities that CLT could provide architecture in the future. 

"KITERASU" Edificio modelo en CLT en la estación Kuse / ofa. Image © Ken'ichi Suzuki MINIMOD Catuçaba / MAPA. Image © Leonardo Finotti Capilla Sacromonte Landscape Hotel / MAPA Arquitetos. Image © Leonardo Finotti Cortesía de Jorge Calderón + 21

Arc en Ciel School / Label Architecture

© Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert + 14

Región de Bruselas-Capital, Belgium
  • Architects: Label Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

What to Know Before Tackling a Renovation Project

As technology moves forward, so does architecture and construction. Architects, designers, and planners around the world now have infinite tools and resources to design and build the cities of today and the future.  As promising as this may sound, new construction is also consuming our world’s limited resources faster than we can replenish them.

This situation leaves architects with an important responsibility: the rehabilitation and reuse of the existing built environment. This means using creative thinking and design to save and incorporate old or historic buildings that currently exist, in the present and future of our cities, by adapting them through creative and sensitive treatments.

Van Hoorebeke Timber Gent Warehouse / TRANS architectuur I stedenbouw

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Gent, Belgium

Shortlisted Projects Announced for the EU Mies Award 2019

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 40 shortlisted works that will compete for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The Prize, for which ArchDaily is a media partner, has seen a jury distill 383 nominated works into a 40-project-strong shortlist, celebrating the trends and opportunities in adaptive reuse, housing, and culture across Europe.

LocHal Library / CIVIC architects + Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau + Inside Outside + Mecanoo

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert + 41

  • Architects: CIVIC architects, Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau, Inside Outside, Mecanoo
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 7000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

School Architecture: 70 Examples in Plan and Section

For architects, schools are often complex structures to design. They must provide a variety of spaces for education, and also consider sports and recreational activities. But beyond its size or surface, the greatest challenge is to design an area that fosters a positive pedagogical environment for children. Below, a selection of 70 school projects with their drawings to inspire your proposals for learning campuses.

Post Post-Modernism: 10 Projects that Reinterpret the Movement for the Digital Age

It's no secret that post-modernism has, in recent years, experienced something of a revival. The much-maligned movement's exhuberant and joyful take on architecture is perhaps a solace in difficult moments. Or, for the more jaded among us, perhaps it simply lends itself to Instagram. 

That said, it's not quite the postmodernism that took off in the 60s. Post postmodernism is also concerned with history and context, but with contemporary spins made possible by new technologies. Installations and other temporary typologies also bring with them a fresh perspective, preserved forever on the internet for our vicarious enjoyment. But perhaps most crucially, it is no longer so wholly a reaction against the hegemony of modernism; something that the original postmodernists were fixated with. Today's postmodernism can be at once joyful and reserved, vernacular and high-tech. 

Landmark Nieuw Bergen / Monadnock . Image © Stijn Bollaert Temple of Agape / Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan. Image © Gareth Gardner A House for Essex / FAT and Grayson Perry. Image © FAT © Rasmus Hjortshoj + 70