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Feature:
Architecture in Belgium and the Netherlands
 
In 2003 and 2004, a+u devoted special issues did features on
the architecture of Belgium (a+u03:05 and 03:06) and the
Netherlands (a+u04:05). Since then, significant changes haveoccurred in the context that makes architecture possible there.
In the autumn of 2009, we visited 20 architects in Belgium and the Netherlands for a look at the current state of architecture in these two countries.
Formerly it was said in Belgium that good architecture wasbuilt mainly in suburbs. Now, due to rapid urbanization, the focus is moving toward city centers. While retaining traditional elements, current architecture employs new materials and new construction methods to create distinctive buildings.
In the Netherlands, the global recession has brought an end to the erstwhile surge in development projects. But new currents are emerging, as innovative ideas and an uncompromising pursuit of quality are applied to extensions and renovations.
The changes currently underway in Belgium and the
Netherlands can be traced through the statements of identity at the top of the contributions from the architects, and through the essays by Koen Van Synghel and Egbert Koster, which explore the milieu of architecture in these two countries. (a+u)
 
Essay:Belgian Architecture
Koen Van Synghel
 
Xaveer De Geyter ArchitectenandStphane Beel
Ghent University Campus Economy Building and UFO Building
 
Xaveer De Geyter Architecten
College of Europe University Institute of Postgraduate European Studies
 
sculp(IT) architecten
The Smallest House of Antwerp
 
Jan De Vylder Architecten
Les Ballets C de la B and LOD
 
Wim Goes Architectuur
Refuge
 
dmvA architecten
Blob
 
NU architectuuratelier
office/home LINQ
 
Eddy FranoisandCaroline De Wolf
House in the Woods
 
Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen
Bridge for the Handelsbeurs Concert Hall
 
Robbrecht en Daem Architecten
St-Felix Warehouse
 
Essay:Ideal Buildings vs. Built Ideas the Netherlands
Egbert Koster
 
MVRDV
Didden Village
 
Rocha Tombal Architecten
Meditation Center in Water Tower
House Bierings
 
Karres en Brands
De Nieuwe Ooster Columbarium
 
Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter
Villa Berkel
 
Zecc Architecten
Water Tower of Living, Soest
 
Ren van Zuuk
Pavilion in Roosendaal
 
Atelier Kempe Thill
Theater Podium Grotekerkplein
 
OTH
Kraanspoor
 
TANGRAM
Crystal Court
 
Claus en Kaan Architecten
Crematorium Heimolen