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Old July 19th, 2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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Belgium appeals to international architects

Today on Flandersnews.be (English news from Flanders and Belgium):

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What can we do with the Palace of Justice?

Mon 19/07/2010 - 10:26 The Belgian Justice Minister, Stefaan De Clerck (Flemish Christian democrat), has launched an international appeal to find a new use for the Brussels Palace of Justice. Mr De Clerck hopes that the world's architects can help Belgium out.



There have been problems with the Palace of Justice that dominates the Brussels skyline for some time. It dates from a former era and though it is still used as a working building there have been security lapses in the past.

The building on the Poelaertplein that is named after the courthouse's architect is a major tourist attraction, but combining the security needs of a working courthouse with the building's appeal to tourists has not been easy. Several gangsters have escaped from the building and there has been a spate of burglaries too.

Justice Minister De Clerck is seizing the opportunity afforded by Belgium’s EU Presidency to announce a competition for architects. Architects are being asked to come up with new plans for the building. These could include keeping the building's function as a courthouse, but also not.

The Justice Minister's appeal will be published on Tuesday.

The Palace of Justice was built in the 19th century to plans designed by Joseph Poelaert. When it was inaugurated in 1883 it was the largest building in Europe measuring 150 by 160 metres. The courthouse was built on a site formerly used to hang prisoners. Joseph Poelaert, who later went mad, demolished large sections of the popular Marollen Quarter to create this architectural masterpiece. It now remains to be seen whether his present-day colleagues will be able to find a more contemporary use for the building.

The Palace of Justice has been protected from demolition since 2001.
Article link: http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuw...alaceofjustice

Building link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_Courts_of_Brussels

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Old July 19th, 2010, 06:49 PM   #2
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They better not **** up that lovely structure with some modern shit.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 07:02 PM   #3
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Haha, yes, I remember entering that building at 6:30 in the morning, walking around everywhere and leaving 30 minutes later not meeting anyone let alone being asked what I was doing there.

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Old July 19th, 2010, 07:12 PM   #4
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I hope someday it will look again like this without any metal structures..

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Old July 20th, 2010, 04:52 PM   #5
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I think they got to renovate and secure the building properly and let it keep its courtyard function. A new and expensive Palace of Justice in Brussels is madness.
And this monument is much to big for any museum or other public function.

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Old July 24th, 2010, 10:08 PM   #6
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Is an amazing building. If several gansters had scaped from that building that means they are having a great deal of problems keeping the security there. I hope they come out with a better use for this building.
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respect the history
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Old August 12th, 2010, 08:36 PM   #8
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The Justitiepaleis is a beautiful building, I think it would be a great idea to relocate the European Parliament to that building!
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Great idea. (and also stop the millions consuming relocations from Brussels to Strasbourg and back)
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