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ETIE in Flanders, Belgium by Edouard Brunet and François Martens

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Article source: Edouard Brunet and François Martens

Attracted by the large garden and the tranquil environment of this house located a few kilometres away from Brussels, the new owners wished to carry out works to make it brighter and to open it up on the outside.

As they were ambivalent about the aesthetics of the existing house, part of the project was also to redesign the architectural expression, outside as well as inside, while keeping the original spirit. One of the childhood friends of the new owner put him in contact with architect François Martens who asked his colleague Edouard Brunet to team up with him.

Image Courtesy © Studio Dennis De Smet

Image Courtesy © Studio Dennis De Smet

  • Architects: Edouard Brunet and François Martens
  • Project: ETIE
  • Location: Flanders, Belgium
  • Photography: Studio Dennis De Smet
  • Construction companies:

    • General construction company: MATRIX PL sprl + ZUBER CONCEPT
    • Outside steelwork: ECOVITRE sprl
  • Stability engineer: MATRICHE sprl
  • Surface area: approx. 370m²
  • Year of construction: 2016

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TERWAGNE – Champ des Mottes in La Hulpe, Belgium by FORMa*

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Article source: FORMa* 

The building zone is situated at 5 meters distance of the lateral limits. On the street side, it’s aligned on the advanced parts of the houses on the west. Its depth is 15 meters. The Garden is oriented at the north-northeast.

Designed on the basis of the volumetric language and templates already present in the « Champ », the houses merge very well in the characteristic built environment of the « Champ des Mottes ».

Image Courtesy © Georges De Kinder

Image Courtesy © Georges De Kinder

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Les Hommes in Anversa, Belgium by Piuarch

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Article source: Piuarch

The Belgian brand LES HOMMES opens the first flagship store in Belgium in a 200sqm space in Antwerp, home town of the two creative directors Tom Notte e Bart Vandebosch.

The boutique- at 6 Arme Duivelstraat – it’s the second flagship store in Europe after the one in Milan Porta Nuova opened in 2014 and prelude an important expansion which foresees the opening of 15 new boutiques in Asia in 3 years time.

Like for Milan, the concept and the brand identity of the new boutique were developed by Piuarc, to whom the brand entrust the responsibility for the task to express in space, colours, geometries and materials the values and images that characterize its style.

Image Courtesy © Piuarch

Image Courtesy © Piuarch

  • Architects: Piuarch
  • Project: Les Hommes
  • Location: via Arme Duivelstraat 6, Anversa, Belgium
  • Client: Notte Vandebosch Milano SpA
  • Architectural design and furnishings: Piuarch. Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, Monica Tricario
  • Space: 200 mq
  • Year: 2016

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House Aartrijke in Zedelgem, Belgium by Atelier Tom Vanhee

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Article source: Atelier Tom Vanhee

The former farmhouse is situated in an agricultural area east of the village of Aartrijke, Belgium. The typology of the existing building will be used in a contemporary way to enlarge the dwelling. There will be two new volumes with a pitched roof slide against the existing volume. Two chimney shaped skylights will create light and a view on to the first floor. A third chimney will house the air outlet of the heat pump. Old and new collaborate together, but both will remain visible. The new volumes will be finished in wood. The old brick exterior will be felt inside when entering the house. The new stairs will be a reminder of the old mouldering stair that was removed. The buttresses and strips of brick in the floor show the former layout of the barn. The double height in the dwelling will make the living areas more spacious. A new preweathered zinc roof will connect the buildings into a whole. In addition to the replacement of the old joinery with new windows, the old volume will open up to the landscape on the rear side. The construction will be characterized by simple uniform windows according to the golden ratio.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: Atelier Tom Vanhee
  • Project: House Aartrijke – Transformation of a farmhouse to a low energy house
  • Location: Biesbeekstraat 3, Aartrijke, 8211  Zedelgem, Belgium
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin
  • Study Stability: LIME (Less Is More Engineering), Ghent
  • Gross Floor Area: 318 m²
  • Design: 2012 – 2013
  • Execution: 2014 – 2016

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OostCampus in Oostkamp, Belgium by Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Article source: Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

OostCampus is the seat of civic, administrative and social services of an area in the heart of the countryside around Bruges (Brugse Ommeland), a beautiful landscape outlined by rows of trees and canals, punctuated by residential castles built along the centuries by wealthy merchants from the neighbouring Flemish town, and enriched with discrete industrial parks with high end technology companies like Siemens, Tyco, Entropia Digital, or EADS.

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos
  • Project: OostCampus
  • Location: Oostkamp, Belgium
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán
  • Client: Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Oostkamp, Oostkamp City Hall (Gemeente Oostkamp), Oostkamp Social Services (OCMW)
  • Contractor: CEI De Meyer
  • Project Budget:
    • Building: 6.5 M€
    • Park: 1.3 M€
  • Surface:
    • Building: 11.000 m2
    • Park: 40.000 m2
  • Competition: 2008
  • Construction: February 2011 to March 2012
  • Inaugurated: 15 June 2012

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Academie MWD Dilbeek in Belgium by Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Article source: Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

The west part of the Dutch speaking belt around Brussels has an informal cultural capital in Dilbeek, home of the Westrand Cultural Centre and its various facilities. The Academie MWD reinforces this polarity, offering education in music, theatre and dance, as well as an auditorium-theatre.

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos
  • Project: Academie MWD Dilbeek
  • Location: Dilbeek, Belgium
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán
  • Client: City of Dilbeek
  • Associate Architects: ELD partnership, Antwerp
  • Structure: Norbert Provoost, Ghent
  • Engineering: Ingenium, Bruges
  • Contractor: Kumpen
  • Site manager: Pieter Broekaert
  • Proj. budget: 5.3 M €
  • Final cost: 5.4 M €
  • Surface: 3554.76 m2
  • Competition: 2006
  • Construction: December 2010 – April 2012
  • Inaugurated: September 8, 2012

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Loft Brussels in Belgium by Design Kolenik

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Article source: Design Kolenik 

By transforming a former office in Brussels into a homely loft, Dutch interior and furniture designer Robert Kolenik shows how a spaciously set up industrial apartment can be decorated as a warm, comfortable home.

Thus the rising star among designers, known for his sustainable interiors, adds a new chapter to his portfolio of challenging, high-profile designs. Robert Kolenik garnered international renown when he designed a kitchen counter featuring a large aquarium, and a carport with built-in solar panels for recharging electric cars. He is also responsible for the interior design of various restaurants and hotels, such as the iconic round hotel beside the A2 in Amsterdam. Kolenik is known for his unique Eco Chic style, for which he uses natural and sustainable materials.

Image Courtesy © René van Dongen

Image Courtesy © René van Dongen

  • Architects: Design Kolenik
  • Project: Loft Brussels
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: René van Dongen

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House BM at M in Ghent, Belgium by architecten de vylder vinck taillieu bvba

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Article source: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu bvba 

Starting point is a plot with trees and a little gingerbread house on the edge of the site.

The key document is a survey map with the exact position and diameter of every tree.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu (Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu) in collaboration with Joris Van Huychem
  • Project: House BM at M
  • Location: Ghent, Belgium
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin
  • Software used: Auto cad 2d
  • Design team: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, Joris Van Huychem, Lauren Dierickx, Sander Rutgers
  • Structural Engineering: Studiebureau Mouton bvba, Gent
  • Landscape: Patrick T’Hooft, The Flemish Primitives, Landegem and Paul Luttick
  • Contractor, shell of construction: Bouwonderneming Verfaillie bvba, Beernem
  • Contractor, carpentry: Martens bvba houten ramen en deuren, Sint-Laureins
  • Contractor, finishing: Van Eeghem bvba, Sint-Amandsberg
  • Contractor, furniture: Atelier Ternier bvba, Gent Atelier 7 bvba, Ronse
  • Area: 317 m2
  • Design phase:  2007 – 2011

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Charleroi Fire Station in Wallonia, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS 

INTRODUCTION

Considering the specific characteristics of the site, the architecture of the project is simple, contemporary, compact and functional (flow of people and vehicles) while offering an iconic and recognisable form, compatible with the firm tertiary character of the environment.

Image Courtesy © Marie-Françoise PLISSART

Image Courtesy © Marie-Françoise PLISSART

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS
  • Project: Charleroi Fire Station
  • Location: Rue de la Tombe , 112-6001 Charleroi- Marcinelle, Province of Hainaut , Wallonia , Belgium
  • Photography: Charlie DEAN, Marie-Françoise PLISSART, Simon SCHMITT
  • Software used: Autocad and Revit
  • Contracting Authority: Ville de Charleroi
  • Associate Partner: Olivier JOTTARD
  • Collaborateurs: Coline BAZIER, France DEFRENNE, Nathan DUVIVIER, Carol LIZIN
  • Associate Partner: Olivier JOTTARD, Blandine CAPELLE, Alexandro CHICHIZOLA
  • Budget19.926.291,67 €
  • Superstructure: 13.359 m²
  • Infrastructure: 6.362 m²
  • Construction Starts: 2014-09-01
  • Provisional Acceptance Of The Building: 2016-06-02

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The European Council and Council of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers

As a consequence of 2004 European enlargement, the Justus Lipsius building becomes too small for the council of the European1 (hereafter named the Council). According to the treaty of Nice, adopted in 2001, all European Council2 sessions are held in Brussels, which also generates new real estate needs. In order to respond to those, the Belgian State offered the Council to cede block A from the complex “Residence Palace” to make it the future seat of both the European Council and the Council, once this building renovated and adapted to its future owners’ needs.

Image Courtesy © Quentin Olbrechts

Image Courtesy © Quentin Olbrechts

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers
  • Project: The European Council and Council of the European Union
  • Location: Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Quentin Olbrechts, Georges MEURANT, Thierry Henrard, Jacques Ceyssens, Marie-Françoise Plissart, POLYGON graphics cvba – Stijn Stragier
  • Client: Belgian Buildings Agency
  • General Direction: Laurent VRIJDAGHS, Administrateur général 
  • Design Partner: Dr Ir Ridder Philippe SAMYN, architect & engineer
  • Associate Partners: Arch. Mehdi CHTOUROU, Ir-Arch. Jean-Charles PUECHBLANC
  • Budget: 240 M€ (value as of index January 2004)
  • Area: 53.815 sqm superstructure (including 9.271 sqm conference rooms, 27.163 sqm offices, 3.370 sqm pressroom and 8.375 sqm ceremonial rooms and restaurants)
  • Asbestos removal started: January 2008
  • Completed: June 2016

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