Architectural walk to discover two housing projects: "Cheval noir" of l’Escaut Architects and the Poincaré Boulevard building by BOB 361 Architects; then a passage to the warehouse hosting the Vanhaerents art collection by Robbrecht en Daem Architects. Three renovation projects that preserve the memory of the existing buildings by bringing modernity.
On the second day, we visited the Elishout School of cooking under construction in Anderlecht by De Geyter architects, then we went to Antwerp to discover the MAS by Neutelings Riedijk; we did a guided tour with Sven Grooten of B-Architecten that unveiled us the stage design of the museum. On the road back to Brussels we stopped to see the Lamote Centre by 51N4E architects in Mechelen.
Julien De Smedt welcomed us to his Brussels apartment for a dinner with Barbara Vanderlinden, Walter Bettens and Goedele Desmet. The opportunity for a lively debate on the intricate identity of the country and the architectural context. Talents and opportunities are there, but the common feeling is that of a architecture void of depth, without risk, lucking of visionary projects.
Behind the scenes and relaxing moments of the journey in Belgium.
Welcomed in Dublin by Odos architects, the team spent
three days in the Irish capital looking for a definition
of the architectural practice in the country.
In a grey and rainy weather, the team took its umbrella and its coat to show you the modern Irish architecture through different projects.
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Second day in Dublin !!
Between a gaelic football match and few guinness, the team continues to explore the city and its architectural language.
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Discover the backstage of our irish trip !!!
Day1 was dedicated to Bjark’s buildings. We explored the VM, Mountain Dwellings and 8 House. BIG’s works are able to fulfil all the expectations and they broadcast architecture as a powerful cultural reference.
The Moutain Dwellings, Bjark Ingels & Julien De Smedt, 2008
VM Houses, Bjark Ingels & Julien De Smedt, 2005
On our 2nd day in Danemark we visited some representative architectural examples suggested by Bjark: the Round Tower, the Tietgen students’ hall residence by Lundgaard &Tranberg and the Bagsvaerd Church by John Utzon. We decided to see also the concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel.
Bagsvaerd Church, Jorn Utzon, 1976
Round tower, King Christian IV, 1642
Tietgenkollegiet, Lundgaard & Tranberg, 2005
Concert Hall, Jean Nouvel, 2006
At the end of our 1st day in Copenhaguen we had dinner with Bjark and his guests in this nice place in order to taste some danish fish. The day had been long and we were all literally burnt out by the sun and the wind.
The group was composed by:
Umberto and Benoît - LAN
Margherita Ratti - LAN Communications
Jesper Elg - V1 Gallery
Bjarke - BIG
Martin de Thurah - réalisateur
Alejandro Gutierrez - ARUP
Daria Pahota & Andreas Klok Petersen - BIG
Copenhague's backstage. This gallery shows some details of the time that we spent under Bjark's guide.
Roa is located 200km off the northern region of Madrid, in the heart of the province of Burgos. We went there to visit Barozzi and Veiga’s headquarters of the “Ribera del Duero”, a famous Spanish wine. The building, finished in 2010, reflects the architects’ poetics while respecting the context.
We approach Spain looking for Barcelona's proper architecture. The team explores those places where the city and architecture get in touch, expressing its colours. Enjoy!
Institut de Microcirurgia Ocular / Josep Llinas, 2009
Sant Antoni Library / RCR Arquitectes, 2007
CCCB / Albert Viaplana, Helio Piñon, 1990-94
Social Housing VPO / Lopez Rivera, 2007
The subject of our 2nd day in Barcelona is the geography of light. The Sant Antoni Library and the IMO, followed by the CCCB and social housing designed by Lopez Rivera in 2007. At the end of the day we have dinner in Palo Alto.
Can Framis, Barcelona / BAAS Architects, 2009
La Diagonal / Jean Nouvel – Carlos Ferrater
CCCB / Albert Viaplana, Helio Piñon, 1990-94
Bonus photos, see more pictures of LAN's experience in Barcelona.
During the dinner some key themes were discussed: urbanism, architecture in Catalunia, tourism, ... and the whole team spent quite a good moment of exchange.
The group is composed by Umberto, Benoît & Margherita, Ricardo Devesa, Jordi Bernardo', Alberto Veiga & Roberto Barozzi, Magda Llabeira Cots, Carles Puig, Kathrin Golda-Pongratz