Exterior and interior of the Brussels EU headquarters and the European Union Council
• Exterior and interior of the Brussels EU headquarters and the European Union Council of
At the end of 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, commissioned an updated building of "Europe", which became home to two of the main EU institutions - the European Council and the European Council.
Used for these purposes before building Justus Lipsius / Justus Lipsius was too small, since the number of members of the European Union has more than doubled, averaging thus far 27 countries. Also, initially it was not supposed to hold a meeting of heads of state and government (until 2004 they were organized outside of Brussels).
To solve these problems, the Belgian State proposed to the Council a block of buildings of the palace Resident (Residence Palace), to place in it and the European Council and the Council of the European Union, having in it the pre-major reconstruction. Competition for the development and implementation of the project have won three architectural firms - Samyn and Partners, Studio Valle Progettazioni and BuroHappold.
As a result of the reconstruction of the original L-shaped building in the plan Resident palace was completed in the north-eastern side of the two new fronts, so it received the shape of a cube. Thus created a glass atrium encloses the other volume, made in the form of a huge skylight, which houses meeting rooms, a press center and canteens. The new facades are assembled as a patchwork of old window frames, brought from all over Europe. The fact that, following the EU guidelines on energy conservation, many old buildings are changing their windows to double glazing. In line with the ideas of sustainable development, it was decided to recover some of the millions of old, but still usable window frames, and use them in this project. These new facades have become both practical and symbolic statement about the secondary use of traditional building elements, at the same time reflecting the diversity of European culture.
The desire for environmentally friendly construction methods evident in other parts of the project. For example, modern, and historical part of the building covering system of photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, which also symbolizes the connection between the present, past and future.
Photo: Marie-Francoise PlissartQuentin OlbrechtsThierry HenrardJacques Ceyssens