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House WW / K2A

01:00 - 3 August, 2018
House WW / K2A, © Nicolas Schimp
© Nicolas Schimp

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

  • Architects

    K2A
  • Location

    Brussels, Belgium
  • Landscape

    Denis Dujardin
  • Decoration

    Permis de Construire
  • Area

    500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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

06:00 - 28 June, 2018
© 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

12:00 - 11 June, 2018
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

14:00 - 5 April, 2018
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

18:00 - 28 March, 2018
European Commission Launches Loi 130 Architectural Competition, Picture of the Loi 130 site; copy right European Commission
Picture of the Loi 130 site; copy right European Commission

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).

COBE + BRUT's Reflective Pavilion Wins Competition for New EU Entrance Plaza in Brussels

14:30 - 11 December, 2017
COBE + BRUT's Reflective Pavilion Wins Competition for New EU Entrance Plaza in Brussels, © COBE + BRUT
© 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

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.

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

02:00 - 28 September, 2017
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 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

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.

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

02:00 - 18 July, 2017
House in the Outskirts of Brussels / SAMYN and PARTNERS, © Marie-Françoise Plissart
© Marie-Françoise Plissart

© 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

19:30 - 14 July, 2017
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

10:30 - 10 July, 2017
Kersten Geers of OFFICE KGDVS on the Role of Book-Making in Architectural Practice, Courtesy of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
Courtesy of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

In this episode of GSAPP ConversationsKersten 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.

Call for Applications: Real Estate Architecture #2, Reclaiming the Office Building

13:30 - 26 April, 2017
Call for Applications: Real Estate Architecture #2, Reclaiming the Office Building

The international Summer School will take place in Brussels from from August 26th to September 2nd. Forty students and recently graduated architects will be invited to rethink the future of the office buildings, products of the real estate boom of the 1960s. Participants will be led by four talented architects: Piovenefabi (Milan), Gafpa (Ghent), Something Fantastic (Berlin) and Dyvik Kahlen (London).

AD Classics: Hôtel van Eetvelde / Victor Horta

04:00 - 1 February, 2017
AD Classics: Hôtel van Eetvelde / Victor Horta, Courtesy of Wikimedia user Zinneke (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)
Courtesy of Wikimedia user Zinneke (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

To the contemporary observer, the flowing lines and naturalistic ornamentation of Art Nouveau do not appear particularly radical. To some, Art Nouveau may even seem to be the dying gasp of 19th Century Classicism just before the unmistakably modern Art Deco and International Styles supplanted it as the design modes of choice. The Hôtel van Eetvelde, designed in 1897 by Victor Horta—the architect considered to be the father of Art Nouveau—suggests a different story. With its innovative spatial strategy and expressive use of new industrial materials, the Hôtel van Eetvelde is a testament to the novelty of the “New Art.”

Courtesy of Wikimedia user Zinneke (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) Courtesy of Flickr user T P (licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Courtesy of Wikimedia user Koenvde (Public Domain) This street front comprises typical Brusselian townhouses: narrow, multilevel, and highly individualistic in their ornamentation. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Steve Cadman (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) + 6

Vincent Callebaut Architectures' Plans for Eco-Neighbourhood in Brussels

12:00 - 21 January, 2017
Vincent Callebaut Architectures' Plans for Eco-Neighbourhood in Brussels, Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has released plans for the development of a radical eco-neighborhood at Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium. Covering an area of 135,000 square meters, the proposal will see the redevelopment of the early twentieth-century Gare Maritime, and the construction of three residential “vertical forests” reaching 100 meters in height. The architect’s ultimate vision is a neighborhood which embraces technological progress, sustainable building principles, and renewal of the built heritage.

Situated northwest of Brussels city center, and constructed in 1907, the industrial park at Tour & Taxis originally operated as a shipping and customs complex. Whilst the lifting of European customs borders has rendered its original function obsolete, the Gare Maritime (Marine Terminal) still embodies the architecture of the industrial era.

Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures + 28

Villa Black / K2A

09:00 - 9 December, 2016
Villa Black  / K2A, © Nicolas Schimp
© Nicolas Schimp

© Nicolas Schimp © Nicolas Schimp © Nicolas Schimp © Nicolas Schimp + 34

  • Architects

    K2A
  • Location

    Brussels, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Federico Alegria, Stéphane Kervyn, Laurent Keutgen
  • Collaborators

    Denis Vangansbergt, Flavia Radu
  • Client

  • Area

    560.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Housing Flandre / B612 Associates

02:00 - 15 June, 2016
Housing Flandre / B612 Associates , © Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates
© Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates

© Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates © Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates © Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates © Marie-François Plissart and B612 Associates + 24

Temporary Bridge / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

05:00 - 9 June, 2016
Temporary Bridge  / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh , © Jeroen Verrecht
© Jeroen Verrecht

© Tim Van De Velde © Jeroen Verrecht © Tim Van De Velde © Tim Van De Velde + 16