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  • PORTRAIT : Eduardo Souto de Moura

    PORTRAIT : Eduardo Souto de Moura

    The winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2011 studied sculpture before turning to architecture at the University of Porto’s School of Fine Arts. He embodies the « Porto School », formed by the emblematic figures of Fernando Távora and Álvaro Siza, which combines rigour and freedom, two approaches to construction that are difficult to reconcile, yet which…

  • BOURSE, Brussels – Belgium

    BOURSE, Brussels – Belgium

    Mister Emma has conducted an investigation into the history of the Bourse: what is the origin of this iconic building in the heart of Brussels and what were the stages in its majestic renovation? Mister Emma provides the answers, thanks to interviews with Philippe Close, Mayor of the City of Brussels, and architects Nicolas Bouquelle…

  • FINSTRAAT, Brussels – Belgium

    FINSTRAAT, Brussels – Belgium

    Arian Schelstraete is an architect. He bought a former brewery warehouse on rue Fin in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean to build his home. He divided the building into 3 flats and a space on the ground floor available for quarters, for associations looking for extra space. To bring light into the heart of each flat, the architect designed…

  • VIGNETTE, Brussels – Belgium

    VIGNETTE, Brussels – Belgium

    Denis and Sandrine lived in rue de la Vignette in Auderghem, and were looking for a bigger house. A plot of land was available just opposite their home. They hired Karbon’ to design a house that would connect with the back garden. The architects proposed a wooden house and helped them to live in a…

  • GRANDE HALLE, Brussels – Belgium

    GRANDE HALLE, Brussels – Belgium

    Located in the heart of the Heyvaert district of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, well known for the car trade to Africa, this flagship project of the « Petite Senne » sustainable neighbourhood contract is built on the site of a former industrial hall built in 1910 on the Quai de l’Industrie. The site, which extends into the interior of the…

  • WOODEN, Leudelange – Luxembourg

    WOODEN, Leudelange – Luxembourg

    In 2018, BPI Real Estate and IKO Real Estate decided to construct a wooden building on a scale never before built in Luxembourg. To build the Baloise headquarters, they called on the architectural firm ArtBuild Architects. The architects chose to showcase the wood in order to emphasise the feel-good factor of the material. They also…

  • MARNIX, Brussels – Belgium

    MARNIX, Brussels – Belgium

    The MARNIX building in the heart of Brussels was erected in 1964 by the American firm SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill). It was extended using the same architectural grammar in 1989 and has become an emblematic building for the European capital, but the task facing Brussels-based A2M today is much more important: to bring the…

  • CIDADE MATARAZZO, São Paulo – Brasil

    CIDADE MATARAZZO, São Paulo – Brasil

    Alexandre Allard is a French entrepreneur best known for the renovation of the Royal Monceau in Paris. Since 2011, he has been developing a real estate and cultural project in São Paulo, Brazil: the Cidade Matarazzo is a former hospital in the centre of São Paulo. After renovating the small chapel, Alexandre Allard called on…

  • VILLA 356, Bandol – France

    VILLA 356, Bandol – France

    One late summer afternoon, I received a phone call from the architect Rudy Ricciotti. He knew I was in the South of France. He asked me to visit his clients to see the house he had built for them in Bandol. At 10pm I found myself at David and Carole Warren’s, in a house tucked…

  • OPEN DOOR: Inside Troye Sivan’s Victorian-Era Melbourne Home

    OPEN DOOR: Inside Troye Sivan’s Victorian-Era Melbourne Home

    Unpretentious yet expertly decorated, Troye Sivan collaborated with designer David Flack of local firm Flack Studio to bring the vision of his sunny, soulful home to life. An erstwhile brick factory and handball court, the property was transformed into a residence in 1970 by architect John Mockridge, preserving the essence of its Victorian-era origins. Today,…