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This thread will contain interesting lesser-known projects and link through to big project threads in the international forum. Click on any of the square thumbnails to go to those threads.




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Belgium was the first continental European country to undergo the Industrial Revolution, and featured the first continental railway and one of the first European skyscrapers. Its location at the heart of a highly industrialized region helped make it the world's 15th largest trading nation in 2007. GDP per capita is $46,878, Belgium features the densest railway network of the world, the densest road network of the world, the busiest railway tunnel in the world an the Port of Antwerp is second largest in Europe, etc. The downside is that Belgium’s a very polluted area for West-European standards and open space is scarce, since urban planning hasn’t really been enforced since the late 20th century.

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Résidence Palace
(architect: Phillipe Samyn)

The Résidence Palace is a complex of buildings in the European Quarter of Brussels. It is currently being renovated (estimated completion: 2013) for use by the European Council, mainly, and even also (for some occasions) by the Council of the European Union as a summit building. The work will renovate the existing sections of bloc A, demolish the 1960s extended facade and connect up the two wings to turn the L-shape into a cube. The extension would form a large glass atrium surrounding an urn or lantern shaped structure housing the meeting rooms. The facade of the new extension will be a "patchwork of traditional wood-frame windows from different European countries" with meeting and press rooms covering over 6000 square metres in an urn-shaped structure, each floor varying in size. The original 1920s part of the palace will be restored and also form part of the complex. The building will also be the first in Belgium to be continuously monitored by environmental auditors, it will have solar panels on the roof and recycle rain water.










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Belview Residences | 90 meter | 295 ft | 27 fl
(architects: A2CR architects and Jaspers - Eyers & Partners)

Right in the European neighborhood, a new project recently entered construction phase. It is set to rise on a plot that has been vacant for over 4 decades. The building that used to be there was demolished by the government to widen an important traffic corridor and to build a tunnel mound. Set to feature 5.200 sqm of offices, 24.500 sqm of residences, 1.500 sqm of retail and 196 units of underground parking, this project will finally bring back some residents to the European neighborhood.


















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Espace Culturel Victor Jara / L’Escaut Architectures + Bureau d’études Weinand

Architects: L’Escaut Architectures + Bureau d’études Weinand
Location: Van Zeeland Square, Soignies, Belgium
Project Team: Michael Bianchi, Florence Hoffmann, Pierre Larauza, François Lichtle, Olivier Bastin, Eloisa Astudillo
Project Area: 1,950 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin, Courtesy of L’Escaut

The site is in the middle of the historical center of Soignies, a stone throw away from the imposing XII century collegiate that overshadows the surrounding fields. The Senne, a river that was buried underground in the beginning of the XXth century, draws the outer limit of the site.

Its invisible presence, as well as the massive church above the site, invited a topographical exploration on the project with these two elements as anchors. The building is covered with rough stone crust. Its forms evoke a strange rock emerging from the ground, as evidence of the town’s original bond with its stone.

The proposal goes beyond its initial ambition, which is the construction of a performing arts hall by including in its scope the rich outdoor carnival and local festivals. The project contains, in its morphology, the two sides of the local cultural dynamic: institutional culture inside the building, and popular culture outside and on the building, following the external walks and a stepped slope that doubles up as outdoors seating for street festivals, carnival and other events, or simply welcome occasional pedestrians.

Laid on the Van Zeeland square, the building was designed as an extension of the public space that surrounds it: it penetrates in the interior by numerous entrances around the building. The hall footprint was limited to allow a new public square on the East side.
This square appears as an outside foyer. It becomes part of the medieval tissue of streets, lanes and squares. The interior foyers are entirely glazed and cover the entirety of the façades. They transform what could have been a closed box into an open space that lights the city when evening falls.

In this project, l’Escaut capitalizes on programme margins to maximise play and discovery opportunities in the urban space: plays on the outside stairs, during the walk up. The artist Domitienne Cuvelier joins this approach. She places wood benches around stone games on the new square, and surrounds them with trees and plants whose seeds can be used as chips in the games.

In contrast with the airy foyers, the hall is submerged in darkness thanks to its acoustic dyed. The surface of the stage stretches to half of the total surface, which makes possible large-scale dance and theatre shows. The telescopic seating (from 400 to 600) guarantees use flexibility according to the nature of the show. The highest gallery, which has the same visibility curve as the seating, invites you to dive into the stage space.

As a result of a public/private cooperation between the city Soignies, the Belgian French Community and Dexia Bank, the new cultural polyvalent hall has the ambitions of the high and demanding level that the tool provides. This allows the city Soignies to imagine their cultural offer on a regional scale.

This project follows an architecture competition, won by the temporary association l’ Escaut & the study office Weinand.

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Sport Facilities De Warande in Wetteren / Venhoeven CS in collaboration with BURO II & ARCHI+I

Architects: Venhoeven CS in collaboration with BURO II & ARCHI+I
Location: Wetteren, Belgium
Designing Architect: VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 4,411 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

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