Archive for September, 2008

Ron Arad, Liége, 2005

Posted in Under construction with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2008 by archifacts

In collaboration with Chapman Taylor and Jaspers-Eyers & Partners
Located in the heart of Liege, Médiacité is a genuine multi-functional development project elaborated by the developers/planners Wilhelm & Co. Mediacité will consist of:

1) a 59,000 m² shopping and leisure center which will offer, on two levels, an attractive shopping area with several new retailers and a leisure center which will bring together a multiplex cinema, an Olympic skating rink, a fitness center, a bowling alley and a huge restaurant and café area.
2) an economic center focused on the media. Within this area RTBF will base its entertainment production center.
3) 2,300 parking spaces and nine bus services with stops located at the entrance of the center

Mediacité will become a popular gathering place for the region’s residents. The complex is easily accessible by the 950,000 inhabitants of the catchment area which extends to Maastricht in the Netherlands (20 km) and to the German border (40 km).

For More informatie about this project visit the website


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SOM architects, Brussels, 2004

Posted in Under construction with tags , , , , on September 29, 2008 by archifacts

The NATO Headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, is the political headquarters of the Alliance and the permanent home of the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s senior political decision-making body.

Like fingers interlaced in a symbolic clasp of unity and mutual interdependence, SOM’s design for the International Treaty Organization Headquarters represents the changing mission of the organization from opposition and prevention to unification and integration. The SOM landmark design provides each member-nation with embassy-level security and privacy while also providing shared space where national representatives can meet as partners in the pursuit of peace and comity.

The new HQ will be gigantic:120.000 m2 when completed in 2012 at a cost of 300 million euro

Sources; http://www.assar.be , http://www.som.be

For more Pictures click here

J. Mayer H. architekten, Hasselt, 2004

Posted in Under construction with tags , , , , on September 29, 2008 by archifacts

In collaboration with A20 Architecten and Lens ass architecten

On the 23rd of may, the realisation of the first phase of the master plan by WEST 8 about the urban development around the train station of Hasselt took officially place.
A multifunctionele office building (23.000m2, about 90.000 m3) will arise where an eyecatching high building project is signet in the master plan.
From this icon, a salient design took form with two amorphous volumes: a tower of nine and a base of six levels in steel contractloon and glass, representant a tree, altough this marvellous piece of architecture is open to many interpretators. Start and end of the construction: 2007-2011

Evolution of the design

Final design

Richard Rogers, Antwerp, 1998

Posted in Completed with tags , , , on September 29, 2008 by archifacts

The site for the Law Courts is the Bolivarplaats, on the southern edge of Antwerp’s central area, where the urban fabric is broken by a massive motorway interchange, cutting off the boulevard that leads into the city. The building, designed in conjunction with VK Studios, was conceived both as a gateway to the city and as a link across the motorway between the city centre and the Schelde River. It houses eight distinct civil and criminal courts and includes 36 courtrooms plus offices, chambers for judges and lawyers, library and cafeteria, with a great public hall (the space traditionally known as the “Salle des Pas Perdus”) linking six radiating wings of accommodation. This space is capped by a striking roof structure, crystalline in form, linking the paraboloid roofs that cover the courtrooms.

Unlike traditional Law Courts, the new scheme creates courts, hearing rooms and public space, all filled with natural light, as well as providing spectacular views across the city. Highly transparent clear-glazed atria, lifts and stairwells provide instant legibility and respond to the initial brief to make the workings of justice more transparent.

Source: www.richardrogers.co.uk

For more information and Pictures visit Richard Rogers’s website

Evolution of the design

Completed in 2005

Santiaga Calatrava, liége, 1996

Posted in Under construction with tags , , , on September 26, 2008 by archifacts

Liège is a major node in the European high speed rail network; an indispensable link between London, Paris, Brussels and Germany.
The new Liège Guillemins station will link  two very distinct  areas of Liége, previously divided by the railway tracks, the north side towards the city, a typical run-down 19th century urban area, and the Cointe Hill to the south, a landscaped residential area.
The concept for the design is transparency and an urban dialog with the city. Transparency is translated by the monumental vault, constructed of glass and steel,
with its soaring canopies extending 145 meters over the five platforms.  The huge glass building replaces the traditional facade and establishes a seamless interaction between the interior of the station and the city.

For more information: click here or the official Euroliege station website

Steven Holl, knokke-heist, 2006

Posted in On hold with tags , , , on September 26, 2008 by archifacts

The Belgian seaside resort town of Knokke-Heist required a renovation and transformation of their existing casino. The enhanced program intends to provide an iconic landmark and bolster the town’s stature and urban spaces. The Sail Hybrid design was inspired by the René Magritte mural, The Ship Which Tells the Story to the Mermaid, commissioned for the casino in 1953. The mural inspired a hybrid transformation of the casino into three architectures: an early-modern restored volumetric architecture (white restored, reprogrammed casino), a porous-bridge Hybrid Architecture (perforated congress hall), and a sail-like Planar Architecture (glass planes – hotel and apartment tower) to create a synergy of new functions. The new three-part hybrid transformation rebuilds one of Belgium’s great architect’s fine works, becoming a glowing new beacon on the Atlantic wall and interconnecting the ensemble of city buildings in Knokke-Heist.

source: www.stevenholl.com


Update March 2009: Reconsidered design

For more information you can click here (dutch only)

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Xaveer de geyter, brussel, 2006

Posted in Under construction with tags , , , , on September 26, 2008 by archifacts

xaveer de geyter architects (xdga) have won the competition for the reconstruction of the rogierplein in brussels. in the future a remarkable glass canopy will not only enhance the square, but will also be a beacon in the city, clearly visible from a distance.

the chaos that characterizes brussels and the rogierplein will be preserved. the square is a spot in which several currents meet, generating a crude and chaotic result. this clash creates a city dynamic that, in the best interest of the city, should be maintained. the intervention of xdga adds a significant quality and converts the place into a ‘hot spot’ in the brussels pentagon.

the proposal of the project mainly contains three enhancements. the strip alongside the small ‘ring’ around brussels will become a pedestrian zone, a promenade which will be partly covered by a glass canopy. with a diameter of 66 meters (approx. 216 feet) it will encompass all the events occurring in the square. its structure exists of ribs on which the glass is hung. the construction is symmetrical as only the base slants to connect with the existing subterranean column structure. the footing of the canopy will be accommodated with a patio which will serve as the entrance to the centre platform of the underground (subway).

source: www.DANDA.be

A interesting blog with further information about the past & the present of Place Rogier . click here