Competition ‘Brussels Courthouse’
Selected as one of the interesting projects to be exposed at the the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels from March 31st until May 15th 2011.
Co-author: Joao Pereira de Sousa
Brussels = Broek (marsh) + Sell (hermitage)
In the search of an identity for the city of Brussels, it is compulsory to come back to its origin.
Historically Architecture has always been at the edge of technology but somehow, we as Architects have been left behind in terms of innovation. Now it is possible to design architecture in accordance with contemporary technology, so why shouldn’t we do so? We understand the historic values of the Courthouse as a symbol for the city, but it demands a makeover in order to enter the 21st century.
Nature will be the link between past-building-future: Nature is alive and works within a closed cycle. Inert objects cannot change, adapt themselves to new necessities. We think about something that will grow and people will see it differently everyday.
The marsh: Brussels is a green city, though it’s only surrounded by a green belt, its centre still remains typically gray and dry. We propose a new set of gardens for Brussels. These gardens will be fresh in the summer and cosy in the winter, therefore, we propose bringing back the marsh to Brussels, thus transforming the Courthouse into a self-sufficient building, according to its present and future needs.
Contemporary art: Opening the Courthouse to society, all citizens will be invited to enter the Salle des Pas-Perdus and interact with exclusive art exhibitions from acclaimed artists.