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The Cervantes Institute in Brussels, Belgium by Carlos Arroyo Architects

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Article source: Carlos Arroyo Architects

Compact and Flexible

One of the major challenges of the project was to combine at the ground floor level the required flexibility for a multifunctional and public space, and allowing at the same time the possibility to locate 30.000 books of the library. The system proposed to solve this issue was a three-dimensional version of the Cervantes Institute Logo. Orthogal geometries created by thick red lines which limit undefined spaces. One can move between this lines full of books and spend some time sitting on the benches located on the hallways or going out to wider spaces to enjoy the lecture at the café. The books work also as a storefront background. The activities allocated in this floor are visible from the street as a way to highlight its public essence. A domestic library, a coffee hall, a multifunctional space with stands or the information displayed on the monitors.

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzman + Rocío Romero (Imagen Subliminal)

  • Architects: Carlos Arroyo Architects
  • Project: The Cervantes Institute
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzman + Rocío Romero (Imagen Subliminal)
  • Client: Instituto Cervantes
  • Project Leader: Vanessa Cerezo
  • Design team: Alexander Krol, David Jiménez Iniesta, Paula Currás e Iciar Arboledas
  • Constructor: Plaintec
  • Video Music: Johnny Haway – My gun do error
  • Competition Design: July 2015
  • Implementation Design: September 2015
  • Construction: December 2015 – April 2016

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Astro Tower in Brussels, Belgium by Estudio Lamela

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Article source: Estudio Lamela

Today the Astro Tower in Brussels (Belgium) is presented, which after its renovationled by Estudio Lamela and its Belgianpartners Altiplan Architects—becomes Europe’s tallest green building in terms of energy consumption and savings. The project represents the profoundrefurbishment of an icon of the city to respond to the requirements of sustainability required by a 21st century city. At the same time, it renews the skyline of the city. “When we won the contest in 2010, we opted forcompletely rehabilitating the building from the original structure and preserving its essence. To do this, we replaced the facades with others that provide more luminosity and, more importantly, we gained the energy control of the tower, affirms Carlos Lamela, director of Estudio Lamela.

Image Courtesy © George de Kinder

  • Architects: Estudio Lamela
  • Project: Astro Tower
  • Location: 1210 SaintJosse-ten-Noode, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: George de Kinder
  • Client: FG EURO GREEN 1 SA / until March 2016: BANCO SANTANDER
  • TenantActiris
  • Partner: Altiplan Architects
  • Budget: € 55 million
  • Surface area: 52,600 m2
  • Project Dates: 2010-2016

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Charles Malis in Brussels, Belgium by LD2 architecture + Stéphanie Willocx Architecte + MAMOUT architectes

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Article source: MAMOUT architectes 

The building is located in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, a multicultural and dense municipality situated in the north part of Brussels, Belgium

The assignment for the competition was to transform an industrial site into a local city-hall branch including a waiting room, 12 counters and administration offices. The existing building used to be part of a complex for the production of cigarettes, which has been largely demolished in the past decades. Nowadays only two volumes remain along the rue Charles Malis.

Image Courtesy © studio fiftyfifty

  • Architects: LD2 architecture + Stéphanie Willocx Architecte + MAMOUT architectes
  • Project: Charles Malis
  • Location: rue Charles Malis 40, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean 1080, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: studio fiftyfifty
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Client: Municipality of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
  • Owner: Municipality of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
  • Structure: MOBAT Engineering
  • Techniques: GTD Engineering
  • Construction Company: Gillion construct
  • Gross area: 990m²
  • Construction time: 2015-2016

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Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Article source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures

1. TOUR ET TAXIS: TOWARDS A MIXED-USE ECO-NEIGHBORHOOD

Whereas most developing countries can write their future starting from a blank slate, European cities face the challenge of transforming their built heritage to secure their energy, social and economic transition towards post-carbon, circular and interdependent urban living.

It means being determined to act as forward thinkers, and to bring our new project “Tour & Taxis” into the 21st century in terms of uses, technological progress, social innovation, and sustainable building principles. Today’s architecture is capable of implementing “energy solidarity” between a piece of architectural heritage — industrial in this case — and a contemporary project. The latter provides the necessary energy to the former by integrating renewable energies, thus limiting carbon emissions as recommended by the COP 21.

Image Courtesy © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

  • Architects: Vincent Callebaut Architectures
  • Project: Tour & Taxis
  • Location: Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
  • Client: Extensa, T&T Project S.A.
  • Program: 85 000 M² Housing (Zone B) + 50 000 M² Office + Retail + Leisure (Gare Maritime)
  • Surface Area: 135 000 M²
  • Status : W.I.P.

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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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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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The Botanic Center Bloom in Brussels, Belgium by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Article source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures 

INTRODUCING METAMORPHOSIS & ENERGY SOLIDARITY

Metamorphosis means the transformation of the caterpillar into a butterfly.

Metamorphosis doesn’t mean eradicating the past, but rather integrating the best of the past into our future.

Metamorphosis means privileging writing a story over another.

Image Courtesy © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Image Courtesy © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

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Renovation Of 150 Housing Units – Le Foyer Bruxellois in Brussels, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS

The 6 buildings in the Minimes neighbourhood were designed in 1954 by architects and urban planners from the Alpha group. The architectural composition of these social housing units is elegant and the buildings were erected with great care.

Still, time has left its mark. The thermal insulation needs improving, and it is also important to equip all units with decent sanitary facilities.

Special care has been taken to respect the great simplicity and harmony of the existing buildings.

Image Courtesy © Bernard BOCCARA

Image Courtesy © Bernard BOCCARA

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS (André CHARON and Quentin OLBRECHTS)
  • Project: Renovation Of 150 Housing Units – Le Foyer Bruxellois
  • Location: Rue des Minimes, n° 107 to 137 and rue Notre Dame des Grâces, n° 3. 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Marie-Françoise PLISSART, Bernard BOCCARA
  • Client: BELIRIS – SPF Mobilité et Transport, S.C. Le Foyer Bruxellois
  • Building services: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl, architects & engineers with FTI sa (A. Janssens, J. Michiels, Ph. Samyn)
  • Structural engineering: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl, architects & engineers with SETESCO sa (J. Schiffmann, Ph. Samyn, L. Sottiaux, M. Veraart)
  • Monitoring office: SECO scrl
  • Safety coordinator: H&S Consulting
  • General contractor: BAM Galère
  • Area: 12552 sqm
  • Year: 2001-2012

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Le Toison d’Or in Brussels, Belgium by UNStudio

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Article source: UNStudio

Designed for ProWinko and in collaboration with Belgian architects Jaspers-Eyers, Le Toison d’Or is a hybridisation of a traditional building-block typology and a mixed-use development with a retail podium.

Image Courtesy © Hufton+Crow

Image Courtesy © Hufton+Crow

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: Le Toison d’Or
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Hufton+Crow, Eva Bloem
  • Client: TD Immo Invest BVBA, Brussels
  • UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Gerard Loozekoot with Wesley Lanckriet, Jacques van Wijk and Hans Kooij, Tina Kortmann, Tatjana Gorbachewskaja, Philipp Meise, Jaap-Willem Kleijwegt, Marie Prunault, Tomas Mokry, Nanang Santoso, Olivier Yebra, Thomas Harms, Rene Wysk, Todd Ebeltoft, Patrick Noome, Charlotte Guyaux, Johanna Mencia, Machiel Wafelbakker, Bartek Winnicki, Aurelie Krotoff, Ondrei Kyjanek, Wendy van der Knijff
  • Belgian architect: Jaspers-Eyers Architects, Brussels (BE)
  • Realisation phase: Wesley Lanckriet, U/Define Architects
  • Structural Engineer: ABCIS Van Wetter S.A., Brussels (BE)
  • Landscape architect: Lodewijk Baljon landschapsarchitecten, Amsterdam (NL) Atelier Ruimtelijk Advies, Berchem (BE)
  • Installations: Techniplan adviseurs, Rotterdam (NL)  TDEC, Rumst (BE)
  • Building Physics and sustainability: DGMR, Arnhem (NL)
  • Cost calculation: BBN adviseurs, Houten (NL) Widnell Europe, Brussels (BE) (more…)

DS House in Brussels, Belgium by DWEK ARCHITECTURE + PARTNERS s.c./s.p.r.l.u.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Article source: DWEK ARCHITECTURE + PARTNERS s.c./s.p.r.l.u. 

Although we now think spontaneously of symmetry as being the perfect replication of two sides around a central axis, originally, to cite Vitruvius, “symmetry is a proper agreement between the members of the work itself and relation between the different parts and the whole general scheme”. There is no mention of bilateral symmetry. In Greek, summetria quite simply means “proportion” or “measure”. But since ancient times, sensible to balance and stability, mankind has built edifices that adopt the rules of bilateral symmetry: pyramids, temples, cathedrals, etc., along with vases, bifaces and steles. Yet too perfect symmetry induces boredom. Emotion leaps out from imperfections, the unforeseen and discrepancies.

Image Courtesy © Serge Anton

Image Courtesy © Serge Anton

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