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  • 2017-07-31

    UCL'S MAISON DES LANGUES

    Here is the project that we proposed for the UCL’s new Maison des Langues (House of Languages) in Louvain-la-Neuve (01/639).

  • 2017-07-26

    OFFICES FOR THE ESA (01/622)

    On the 14th June 2017, the building permits application was sent for the new offices of the ESA (European Space Agency) in Redu, Belgium (01/622).

  • 2017-07-18

    ODE TO COURAGE FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS OF CHARLEROI

    The “Ode to Courage” has been composed by Pierre Bartholomée, in honour of the firefighters of Charleroi. Gerardo Piovesana directed the wind section of the Academy of Monceau-sur-Sambre, interpreting this piece of work with force and emotion. Recording by Thierry De Smedt on 31 May 2017. Click here to listen and watch!

  • 2017-06-26

    "ELEMENTS EUROPA" AND "THE FIRE STATION OF CHARLEROI" AVAILABLE IN E-BOOKS

    Published in December 2016, the books “Elements Europa” and “The Fire Station of Charleroi” are now available in e-books on our website. References:
    • Jean ATTALI: “ELEMENTS EUROPA. European Council and Council of the European Union. Philippe Samyn, Architect and engineer”. Lannoo Publishers, Tielt, December 2016, 256 p.; (ISBN 978-2-87386-945-8); (BE).
    • Philippe SAMYN architect and engineer - Alain SABBE - Hugues WILQUIN: “THE FIRE STATION - CHARLEROI”. Uitgeverij Lannoo, Tielt, December 2016, 256 p.; (ISBN 978-2-87386-971-7); (BE).
    Also available in French and Dutch.

  • 2017-06-14

    THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE K-TOWER IN KORTRIJK GOES ON

    The construction of the Tower at Collège Saint-Amand in Kortrijk (01/510) is well on track. To get an idea of its progress, take a look at his time lapse video!.

  • 2017-06-12

    FOUNDATION STONE CEREMONY AT THE MAISON DE LA CULTURE OF NAMUR

    After the demolition of part of the old Maison de la Culture of Namur (here is a time lapse video), the first foundation stone of the renovation and construction work has been laid on Thursday 8th June.

  • 2017-06-09

    BELGIAN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT AWARD

    On Thursday 8 June, the Belgian Energy and Environment Award in the category “Sustainable Building” has been awarded to Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl, architects & engineers + BEAI sa for the headquarters of AGC Glass Europe (01/577), a near-zero energy building with crystal-clear glass.

  • 2017-06-07

    ORIVAL AND HOUTEN GAS STATIONS IN DESIGN CURIAL’S 10 BEST STATIONS

    DesignCurial, the web spin-off of the English architecture magazines Blueprint and FX, has ranked for the second year in a row two of our service stations amongst the "World’s 10 Best Gas Stations 2017" : the Orival station (01/365, fifth rank) and the Houten station (01/363, seventh rank).

  • 2017-06-06

    RECORDING OF THE “ODE TO COURAGE” FOR THE FIRE STATION OF CHARLEROI

    On the 31st May 2017, the wind section of the Academy of Monceau-sur-Sambre, directed by Gerardo Piovesana, played the “Ode to Courage” before its composer, Pierre Bartholomée, and Philippe Samyn. Thierry De Smedt kindly made a recording of this magical and moving moment, which will be handed over to the firemen of Charleroi in September.

  • 2017-05-18

    EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

    We learned with great pride that the renovation of 150 housing units for the Foyer Bruxellois (01/421) has won the European Architecture Awards 2017, in the category “City Housing Development”.

    The projects Total Belgium S.A. – rest area of Ruisbroek (01/515) and the Psychiatric Hospital “Sans Souci” (01/287) were respectively nominated in the categories “Commercial/Retail” and “Healthcare”.

  • 2017-05-02

    “BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADE” PUBLISHED

    The last book by Philippe Samyn, “Between Light and Shade, Transparency and Reflection”, is available in French and English at the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium (Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique) ,in the series Pocket Book Academy.

    Paperback : € 7

    Ebook (PDF) : € 3,99

  • 2017-04-28

    LECTURE BY ARNAUD DENEYER AT SAMYN AND PARTNERS’

    On this Friday 2017-04-28 at 10 a.m., Ir Arnaud Deneyer (short CV here),from the “Lighting and Building” laboratory, Energy and Building department at the BBRI, will give a lecture in French on the subject “Indoor Lighting: Evolution to Come of the NBN-EN-12464-1”.

    Venue: at Samyn and Partners.
    We only have a limited number of places available. Should you be interested, please send an email to sai@samynandpartners.com.

  • 2017-04-07

    LECTURE BY LUC LEMAIRE AT SAMYN AND PARTNERS'

    On 2017-05-09, from 6 to 8 pm, Prof. Luc Lemaire (short CV here), honorary professor of mathematics from the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) will give a lecture, in French, on the subject “Introduction to minimal surfaces”.

    An example of a minimal surface: the gyroid (picture above).

    Venue: at Samyn and Partners.
    We only have a limited number of places available. Should you be interested, please send an email to sai@samynandpartners.com.

    In the same vein, watch as an introduction Tadashi Tokieda’s lecture: “Science with a sheet of paper”, for the relationship with negative Poisson’s ratio, folding and wrinkled paper, and the resistance of matter.

  • 2017-03-31

    THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE FUTURE: AN ETHICAL UTOPIA

    In their nr. 119 of March 2017, the magazine “Les Échos du Logement”, edited by the Service Public de Wallonie, publishes a reflection by Philippe Samyn on the vertical city (03/419-1).
    The article is to be found in French on the website of “Les Échos du Logement”: http://spw.wallonie.be/dgo4/site_echos/.

    Philippe Samyn, « Un urbanisme vertical “utopéthique” », Les Échos du Logement, nr. 119, March 2017, pp. 4-23.

  • 2017-03-30

    THE "CLINIQUE SANS SOUCI" GOES ON SITE

    2017-03-10: the funding authority (COCOM) grants its authorization to start the work of the third restructuration phase of the Clinique Sans Souci in Jette (Brussels, 01/287). Three new buildings will complete the new arrangement of this psychiatric hospital within its magnificent wooded park (phase 1: brown; phase 2: blue; current phase 3: pink).

  • 2017-02-13

    ODE TO COURAGE

    On 2017-02-13, the composer Pierre Bartholomée attends the first rehearsal of his Ode to Courage, performed by the wind section of the Academy of Monceau-sur-Sambre, under the direction of Gérardo Piovesana. The Ode has been composed for major opportunities on the “Square des Héros”, in front of Stix 71’s fresco, in the fire station of Charleroi (01/569).

    Within the framework of the shooting of her programme “Tout le Baz’Art de Philippe Samyn”, Hadja Lahbib and her team also attend this beautiful moment. It will be broadcasted on Sunday 2017-03-26 at 5 pm on ARTE Belgium, and on Thursday 2017-04-06 around 10.30 pm on La Trois (RTBF).

  • 2017-01-05

    VIRTUAL PANORAMIC VIEW FROM THE FUTURE K-TOWER AT KORTRIJK

    Enjoy this 360° virtual panorama on the home page of www.k-tower.be.

    © Polygon Graphics.

  • 2016-12-16

    FIREHOUSE FOR THE REGIONAL FIRE SERVICE OF CHARLEROI (01/569)
    We are pleased to announce that the book “THE FIRE STATION - CHARLEROI” will be available in the bookstores from the 2016-12-20.
    Reference:
    Philippe SAMYN architect and engineer - Alain SABBE - Hugues WILQUIN: “THE FIRE STATION - CHARLEROI”. Uitgeverij Lannoo, Tielt, December 2016, 256 p.; (ISBN 978-2-87386-971-7); (BE).
    Also available in French and Dutch.

  • 2016-12-13

    HEADQUARTERS OF THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (01/494)
    We are pleased to announce that the book “ELEMENTS EUROPA” will be available in the bookstores from the 2016-12-30.
    Reference:
    Jean ATTALI: “ELEMENTS EUROPA. European Council and Council of the European Union. Philippe Samyn, Architect and engineer”.
    Lannoo Publishers, Tielt, December 2016, 256 p.; (ISBN 978-2-87386-945-8); (BE).
    Also available in French and Dutch.

  • 2016-11-29

    NEW HEADQUARTERS OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (01/494)

    We are pleased to announce that the public open day of Europa, the new headquarters of the Council of the European Union, will take place on Saturday 2016-12-10, from 10am to 8pm. Please visit this link to fill in the required registration to book your visit.

  • 2016-11-24

    BELGIAN ROYAL ACADEMY - PUBLIC MEETING

    A lecture of Bob Verschueren, Ralph Dekoninck and Philippe Samyn on “the Big Bang of artistic creation”, followed by an improvisation on the same subject by Steve Houben.
    Espace Roi Baudouin, Palais des Académies
    2016-11-24 at 17:00.

  • 2016-11-23

    GET INTO THE HEART OF EUROPA !

    Video made by Jan De Nul Group. (5’33’’)

  • 2016-11-03

    MURAL FOR THE FIRE STATION FOR THE SRI-CHARLEROI (V129)

    A monumental multicolor mural painting was done by STIX71 in the “Heroes' Square” which is the firefighters roll call and assembly point of the fire station of Charleroi. Watch the “timelapse” video to discover the painting of the mural from October 24th until October 27th 2016.

  • 2016-10-27

    ESA (EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY) AT REDU (01/622)

    Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS in partnership with HOUYOUX won the ESA (EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY) call tender for its new T3 building, and the mission agreement has been signed on the 2016-10-27.

  • 2016-10-25

    FIREHOUSE FOR THE REGIONAL FIRE SERVICE OF CHARLEROI, Belgium (01/569)

    We are very pleased to announce the inauguration of the Fire station for the SRI Charleroi this Friday 2016-10-28 (on invitation), and especially the public open day which will take place on Sunday 2016-10-30 from 9am to 6pm.

  • 2016-10-19

    NEW ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

    Orsolya LENGYEL and Vlad POPA, architects, are elected associate partners of Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl/bvba.
    Orsolya Lengyel graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in architectural engineering, and joined the team in april 2012.
    Vlad Popa graduated from the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism of Bucarest, and joined the team in january 2015.

  • 2016-10-18

    ECODYNAMIC COMPANY LABEL

    Brussels Environment just renewed today our “Ecodynamic Company - Two Stars” Label for the quality of the environmental management practices on our business premises.

  • 2016-10-07

    SKETCH FOR SYRIA: A VERY LIGHT SHELTER

    At the invitation of Benno Albrecht, from the University Iuav di Venezia. Here is the contribution of Philippe Samyn.

  • 2016-08-31

    MANNERIEHOF – SINGLE FAMILY TIMBER RESIDENCE (01/562)

    A drone flies over Manneriehof. Click here to see the video.

  • 2016-08-31

    OFFICES of SAMYN and PARTNERS (01/265)

    We have trimmed our oak tree and it has a new silhouette. It is 36 years old, the age of our team.

  • 2016-08-12

    CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW OFFICE BUILDING FOR JAN DE NUL AT AALST (01/571)

    The Flemish Region has confirmed this 2016-08-11/18:33 the reception of the digital application for construction permit (file n°2016001430)

  • 2016-08-07

    PRINCESS ELISABETH STATION: ONE OF 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD’S RENEWABLE ENERGY REVOLUTION (01/523)

    see: www.edie.net

  • 2016-06-30

    PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE EUROPA BUILDING (01/494)

    The Belgian Building Agency has granted the provisional acceptance of the building to “INTERBUILD-CEGELEC” and the Council of the European Union was able to take possession of the premises.

  • 2016-06-02

    FIREHOUSE FOR THE REGIONAL FIRE SERVICE OF CHARLEROI, BELGIUM (01/569)

    The provisional acceptance has been granted this 2016-06-02 by the city of Charleroi.

  • 2016-05-30

    THE PLAN AWARD 2016

    The EUROPEAN COUNCIL AND COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION project (01/494) is the winner of the THE PLAN AWARD 2016 (category “Business office blocks and complexes”). The projects MANNERIEHOF (01/562), HEAD OFFICE OF AGC GLASS (01/577) and ALAIN HUBERT HOUSE (01/584) have been selected among the finalists. See also http://www.theplan.it/eng/awards

  • 2016-05-18

    THE PLAN AWARD 2016 - 5 PROJECTS SHORLISTED

    The projects: EUROPEAN COUNCIL and COUNCIL of the EUROPEAN UNION (01/494), FACTORY FOR SOLVAY-SIBUR (01/517), MANNERIEHOF - SINGLE FAMILY TIMBER RESIDENCE (01/562), HEAD OFFICE OF AGC GLASS EUROPE (01/577), ALAIN HUBERT HOUSE (01/584) have been selected to the final session of “THE PLAN AWARDS 2016”.

  • 2016-04-01

    WORLD’S BEST DESIGNED GAS STATION AWARDS APRIL 1st 2016

    DesignCurial, the web spin-off of the english architecture magazines Blueprint and FX, has ranked two of our service stations amongst the "World’s 10 Best Gas Stations 2016" : the Orival station (01/365, second rank) and the Houten station (01/363, fifth rank).

  • 2016-03-23

    The "MAISON de la CULTURE de la PROVINCE de NAMUR", Golenvaux avenue - Namur (01/628)

    The Province of Namur has awarded today the public contract for "the design, the renovation, the transformation, the extension and the equipment of the "Maison de la Culture de la Province de Namur", as well as its landscaping" to the company "CŒUR DE VILLE S.A.". The design is based on our project, established following the procurement notice published on January, 5th, 2015 in the "Bulletin des Adjudications" (Belgium) and on January 7th, 2015 in the Official Journal of the European Union.

  • 2016-01-18

    EUROPEAN COUNCIL AND COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION - The “Meurant” carpets (Brussels, Belgium, 01/494)

    The long-piled carpets around the large conference tables are currently being placed. Based on a tapestry cartoon with trapeziums of bright colours by Georges Meurant, they are manufactured using a CNC machine in the workshop of the Golden Hali company in Izmir (Turkey) ( see vidéo ).

  • 2016-01-11

    HEADQUARTERS OF THE COMPAGNIE NATIONALE A PORTEFEUILLE - 20 YEARS LATER (CNP-NPM, Gerpinnes, Belgium, 01/320)

    After 20 years, the headquarters of the CNP remains ageless. Nevertheless, the owner wishes to undertake works aiming at optimizing the energy performance of the building in order to keep its trend-setting position in the field of environmental design.

  • 2015-04-01

    VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM (E74)

    2 plans of the patchwork facade of our Europa project are presented in the exhibition: “All of this Belongs to You” in London from April 1 to July 19, 2015. In this exhibition, the Victoria and Albert Museum focuses on the role of public institutions in contemporary life.

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