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Korenbeek-161 Residential Building / Sill and Sound Architects

© François Lichtle © François Lichtle © François Lichtle © François Lichtle + 31

Brussels, Belgium
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  533
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Knauf, Macrolux Bnelux BV

FETIS Apartment / AUXAU - Atelier d’architecture

© Severin MALAUD © Severin MALAUD © Severin MALAUD © Severin MALAUD + 24

Brussels, Belgium

House Extension in Brussels / Atelier Tom Vanhee

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert + 23

Brussels, Belgium

OMA Designs New Headquarters for Belgium's National Railway Company

OMA and partner Reinier de Graaf, together with Jaspers-Eyers Architects, have won the competition to design the new headquarters of Belgium's National Railway Company in Brussels. The design preserves three monumental buildings in the Brussels-South train station along Fonsny Avenue. At 75,000 square meters, the headquarters project brings all departments under the same roof with work space for 4,000 employees.

Courtesy of Luxigon Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA + 17

Henning Larsen Proposes Urban Transformation in the City Center of Brussels

Henning Larsen has unveiled its vision for Brouck’R, a city block transformation project facing Brussels’ busy Place de Brouckère. Inspired by traditional and contemporary heritage, the proposal generates a 21st-century, vibrant, mixed-use destination in the city center.

Courtesy of Henning Larsen Courtesy of Henning Larsen Courtesy of Henning Larsen Courtesy of Henning Larsen + 12

Brussels Regeneration Contest Won by MLA+ and Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

The Brussels Lebeau – Sablon competition has announced MLA+, the sister company of Maccreanor Lavington, as the winners of the international contest to transform the city's historic Le Sablon district. Working together with local firm Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten, the team's proposal is a new mixed-use development for Belgium developer IMMOBEL, which seeks to regenerate the key historical district. The winning scheme includes offices, residences, a student hotel, and a public square.

House WW / K2A

© Oana Crainic © Oana Crainic © Nicolas Schimp © Oana Crainic + 33

Brussels, Belgium
  • Architects: K2A
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

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

© Henry Townsend
© Henry Townsend

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.

© <a href=‘https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fachada_Casa_Estudio_V%C3%ADctor_Horta.jpg#/media/File:Fachada_Casa_Estudio_V%C3%ADctor_Horta.jpg'>Creative Commons user estebanhistoria</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>  © <a href=‘https://www.flickr.com/photos/martinehrenhauser/8085701304'>Flickr user Martin Ehrenhauser </a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href=‘https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/Belgique_-_Bruxelles_-_Maison_Horta_-_02.jpg'>Creative Commons user EmDee</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a>  © <a href=‘https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Belgique_-_Bruxelles_-_H%C3%B4tel_Van_Eetvelde_-_18.jpg'>Creative Commons user EmDee</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a> + 19

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Design Zero-Carbon Headquarters for Global Chemical Company in Brussels

Quad campus. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Quad campus. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has released images and details of its competition-winning design for the headquarters of Solvay, an advanced materials and chemicals company, to be located in Brussels, Belgium. Working in collaboration with Modulo Architects and VK Engineers, the Danish firm has prioritized sustainability and resilience in the zero-carbon, near-zero-energy building.

The winning team was chosen from a competitive international field including OMA, Valode & Pistre, Wilmotte & Associés, and Henning Larsen.

Night view. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Facade. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Lobby. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Interior roof park. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen + 18

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.

Like many European cities, Brussels is moving towards a post-industrial economy, giving new opportunities to old industrial areas such as the Canal Zone. The Henning Larsen redevelopment seeks to remodel the area as an urban center, tying the urban areas west of the canal to central Brussels.

Courtesy of Henning Larsen Courtesy of Henning Larsen Courtesy of Henning Larsen Courtesy of Henning Larsen + 6

European Commission Launches Loi 130 Architectural Competition

The European Commission is launching an international architectural competition to identify the best design proposals for its most important current real estate project in Brussels (Belgium) – the redevelopment of its premises at rue de la Loi 130 (hence the competition name, Loi 130).

Place Schuman / Cobe + BRUT

The Danish/Belgian team of COBE and BRUT has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the transformation of the Place Schuman, the entrance to the European Union headquarters in the European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium.

Aimed at creating a new “urban agora” for the city, the architects borrowed the shape of the European Parliaments’ hemicycle to create an iconic reflective roof structure that will unite all citizens and institutions of the EU within one central meeting point.

© COBE + BRUT © COBE + BRUT © COBE + BRUT © COBE + BRUT + 7

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

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.

Led by developer Unibra and construction company Thomas & Piron, the competition asked architects to propose a new mixed-use urban development of between 25,000 and 50,000 square meters that would activate the the prominent triangular site at the corner of the Herrmann-Debroux viaduct and the Boulevard du Triomphe.

Early renderings for the project show a series of sloping residential highrises growing out of a mixed-use podium, including one taller tower and a longer building featuring a concave roof. The various structures appear to be connected at key points via lightweight terraces housing plantings.

Herman Teirlinck Building / Neutelings Riedijk Architects + CONIX RDBM Architects

Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects + CONIX RDBM Architects Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects + CONIX RDBM Architects Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects + CONIX RDBM Architects Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects + CONIX RDBM Architects + 33

7 Top Teams Shortlisted in Competition to Design Centre Pompidou Brussels

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.

To be known as the Citroën Cultural Centre, the $135 Million project will consist of 375,000 square feet (35,000 square meters) of public cultural, education and recreation space, including 160,000 square feet (15,000 square meters) designated for the new Centre Pompidou Brussels. An additional 108,000 square feet (10,000 square meters) will host a museum run by Brussels’ International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture & Landscape.

House in the Outskirts of Brussels / SAMYN and PARTNERS

© Marie-Françoise Plissart © Marie-Françoise Plissart Courtesy of SAMYN and PARTNERS © Vincent Everarts + 38

Open Call: Pan-Europian Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels, Architectture Competition

Invitation for expressions of interest:

Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels

Kersten Geers of OFFICE KGDVS on the Role of Book-Making in Architectural Practice

In this episode of GSAPP Conversations, Kersten Geers—co-founder of OFFICE KGDVS—and Amale Andraos discuss their shared obsession with books, and the integral role that book-making plays in their professional offices and teaching. In this podcast, Geers echoes Aldo Rossi’s call to evaluate architecture within a cultural context, positioning books as the best tool to create a place in which architectural work acquires value and meaning; a device to establish a context of ideas.