BRUGMANN: INAUGURATION OF THE H.VIS BUILDING
The inauguration of the H.VIS building of the Brugmann Hospital in Jette (01/312-10) took place on 19th september 2019. This is the culmination of 15 years of work on this tenth main phase of restructuring of hospital site in Brussels. The new multifunctional building is located along the Avenue J.-J. Crocq, in direct contact with both HUDERF and CHU Brugmann. The project provides a new framework for some HUDERF functions that were subject to cramped conditions such as: emergency ward, operating theatre, one-day surgery facilities, child psychiatry, offices, residents accomodation. The proximity of the new ensemble with the HUDERF form a direct link at two different floor levels.
LOI 130 EXHIBITION
Our proposal for the project "Loi 130" (01/657) is displayed from 2 to 28 September 2019 from 14h to 18h at the European Commission, rue Archimède 1, 1000 Brussels. It’s an opportunity to discover in detail (plans, images, models) the three winning projects but also all the other projects delivered, including that of the team SAMYN and PARTNERS, developed in collaboration with Baumschlager Eberle, Schlaich Bergermann Partners, Bollinger und Grohmann, Deerns and Land.
HE2B JOINS THE ‘PLAINE’ CAMPUS OF ULB (BRUSSELS UNIVERSITY)
The Brussels Brabant High School (HE2B) (ref. 01-658) joins the Faculties of Science and Applied Sciences (01/570) in the new E Building on the Plaine site and thus concretizes this part of the 2010 Mass Plan (ref.01/591). Its layout allows the parsimonious use of the site biotope as planned in the masterplan, and, as we have meanwhile realized, to simultaneously increase the biodiversity of the site and its built density by planning a very high vertical village in a megastructure that could be planned to the west side of the building on the triangular space that separates it from the Boulevard du Triomphe. 6 buildings of 6 to 7 levels, with completely free plans, are connected by 5 flowery atriums and wide catways on their east and west gables, where the sanitary and technical rooms are also concentrated. The 32,695 m² complex is largely naturally ventilated and lit. It is ment to be exemplary, both in terms of energy consumption as well as gray energy. For example, and among others, the concrete elements are entirely made out of CEM III C cement and all the protected window frames are out of Belgian pinewood with single glazing. The thermal envelope is ensured by the double glazing of the atria (waiting payable vacuumglass) and the insulation of the gables (wood covered) as well as the north and south facades (with its louvres and cladding of galvanized magnelis® steel sheets).
THE ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE OF THE PROVINCE OF NAMUR COMES OUT OF THE GROUND
Here are some news of the construction of the MAP (01/640), whose works have begun in January 2019 in Salzinnes. The installation of the steel superstructure has started. It will support not less than 2400 prefab wooden structure and facade elements.
ARCTIC CIRCLE THEATER: BUILDING PERMIT GRANTED
The building permit for the Arctic Circle Theater of Rovaniemi in Finland (01/642), was granted on 2019-05-22. This new equipment will be soon erected in Santa Claus village. It’s intended for performances of a show developed by Unique Entertainment Oy, called “Snowball”.
MAP CONSTRUCTION : AN OVERVIEW OF THE FACADE
This Wednesday 2019-05-10, the mock-up of the future facade of the administrative house of the province of Namur (01/640), whose construction began in February 2019, was unveiled at the Scidus sawmill workshops (Mobic’s subsidiary) in Étalle, in the presence of the Province, Samyn and Partners and contractor Jan De Nul. The cladding is in torrefied poplar and the frames are larch, two local species.
THE BUILDING PERMIT FOR THE ‘DE LAENDER – ROGGE’ FOUNDATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED
We are pleased to announce that after two years philosophizing and designing this challenging project, we have submitted the building application for the "De Laender - Rogge" foundation. We are naturally very curious about the reactions of neighbours, villagers and other interested parties. Check it out at our website.
WHAT TO BUILD WITH NOW?
At the request of his audience and students, and without waiting the publication of his next book (« QuCoCoMa » - E12-40), here is a graph by Philippe Samyn (used since October 2018 in his conferences and lectures) and a summary of the thoughts it might spark.
OUR PROJECT FOR THE FIRE STATION IN DELTA (BRUSSELS)
Our project for the new fire station in Delta (Ixelles) has not been selected, but you can discover our proposal on our website.
You will also find the whole file and supporting documents and in particular the evaluation report under the number 1343-5 at this address (TAP 1343).
PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL ‘SANS SOUCI’: BRIGHT CLOUDS FOR THE ATRIUM
The building "admission" of the last phase of construction of the hospital 'Sans Souci' is occupied since the 4th of February. Surroundings are still under construction. Its atrium has been illuminated since Wednesday February 27th by three bright clouds, 2,60 m long and 1,60 m wide, made and donated by the Samyn and Partners team in tribute to Dr. Raoul Titeca. Their separate LED dimer and two TL strips allow you to adjust the color of the light.
ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE OF THE PROVINCE OF NAMUR: THE WORKS HAVE STARTED
After obtaining the building permit in December, the works for the Administrative Centre of the Province of Namur have started in Salzinnes in the second week of January with soil testing.
THE MEDICAL SCIENCE AUDITORIUM OF THE FREE UNIVERSITY OF BRUSSELS NAMED AFTER DR MUKWEGE, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2018
The medical science auditorium designed by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS (01/270) in 1992 has been named this 2018-11-26 after Dr Denis Mukwege, who has received the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 for his efforts to end female genital mutilations.
NEW ON THE WEBSITE: OUR PROPOSAL FOR THE JOSEPH BRACOPS HOSPITAL
Here is our proposal for the new building of the Joseph Bracops hospital in Anderlecht. (01/652)
L'OLIVIER RENOVATION PROJECT BEGINS
This Monday September 17th, begins the renovation project of social housing ‘Foyer Schaerbekois’ located rue de l'Olivier. The 50 existing small dwellings will be recombined into 30 more spacious dwellings meeting the current standards, namely 10 duplexes and 20 apartments. The sgraffito adorning the facades of the building built by the architect Henri Jacobs in 1905 will be preserved while a contemporary composition will replace the sgraffito disappeared from No. 30. A low energy project to discover in detail on our website. (01/616)
Picture: © Beliris - K. Burnay
CHRISTINA AND NORBERTO BLANCO'S HOUSE IN CHAUMONT-GISTOUX, BUILT ABOUT 30 YEARS LATER
Here are some pictures taken this summer of Christina and Norberto Blanco's house built in Chaumont-Gistoux about 30 years ago. (01/220)
PHILIPPE SAMYN AT THE STEEL DAY IN GERMANY
On October 12th 2018 at 12.45 pm, Philippe Samyn will be giving a lecture at the Tag der Stahl.Architektur 2018 in Duisburg (Germany), under the title “Building Physics, Structures and Architecture”.
Programme and registration on https://bauforumstahl.de/veranstaltungen/tag-der-stahlarchitektur/.
EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY OF REDU: IT GROWS!
The construction of the new building of the European Space Agency of Redu is well underway. The building on stilts is BREEAM Excellent certified. It has now grown and should be completed in March 2019. Among the activities that will take place there is the 24-hour monitoring of Galileo satellites. A project to discover in detail on our website. (01/622)
Here is our proposal for the Barilla pavilion in Parma in Italy. A project to discover on our website (01/649)
MODEL OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE OF THE NAMUR PROVINCE SHOWCASED
The model of the Administrative Centre of the Namur Province (01/640) will be displayed until the end of September in the hall of Jan De Nul nv company (Tragel 60, 9308 Aalst / Tel.: +32 53 73 15 11).
Like all our other models, it will then soon be transferred to the States Archives of Belgium, where it will remain available to everyone.
PHILIPPE SAMYN AND PARTNERS REDEVELOP THE ALBERT SQUARE IN KNOKKE
The project for the redevelopment of the Albert square in Knokke, also known as the “M’as-tu vu (showing off) square”, has been officially assigned on the 6th of July 2018 to the companies PSR nv, Goethals Promotor and Jan De Nul nv. The half-sphere in the centre is composed of crystal-clear glass and is surrounded by water, creating a mirror effect. Click here for more information.
K-TOWER ILLUMINATED FOR ITS INAUGURATION
The reconstruction of Saint-Amand College (K-Tower) is slowly coming to an end. This Wednesday, 30th of May 2018, the building was honoured in the presence among others of the Mayor of the City of Courtrai, Vincent Van Quickenborne, and the president of KORAMIC Real Estate Christian Dumoulin. More information about this project
OPEN CONSTRUCTION SITE AT THE MAISON DE LA CULTURE OF THE PROVINCE OF NAMUR
The construction site of the Maison de la Culture (Cultural Centre) of the Province of Namur is blooming. As a matter of fact, the construction phase started nearly a year ago (8 June 2017): now is the time to check on the premises. The construction site will be opened for everyone this Sunday 3 June 2018, from 10 am to 6 pm.
ARCTIC CIRCLE THEATRE FOR UNIQUE ENTERTAINMENT OY IN NAPAPIRII, ROVANIEMI, FINLAND
We are welcoming Arkkitehtisuunnittelu Voutilainen OY, who we invited to work by our side as “Architect of record” as well as WSP-Finland OY, Vaarala OY and Esko Laakso OY as operation engineering consultants respectively for the Structure and MEP.
The project management on site is assured by Heikki Kylmänen.
THE MAISON ADMINISTRATIVE DE LA PROVINCE DE NAMUR
The project for the Maison Administrative de la Province de Namur, won by Eraerts-Jan De Nul with Philippe Samyn and Partners, has been approved by the supervisory authorities this 23 January 2018. It is presented this 24 January to officers, residents and the public.
The building, entirely made of wood and steel, is naturally ventilated. Perched upon stilts, it comprises eight patios covered with opening glass roofs. Take a look at this link to see the full team and the project description.
URBANISM AND ARCHITECTURE PRIZE IN WALLOON BRABANT
This 2017-12-15, the Urbanism and Architecture Prize in Walloon Brabant has been awarded to the Headquarters of AGC Glass Europe in Louvain-la-Neuve (01/577).
3 AWARDED PROJECTS AT THE “RÈGLES D’OR DE L’URBANISME / GOUDEN REGELS VOOR STEDENBOUW 2017” OF THE BRUSSELS FEDERATION FOR URBANISM (2017-11-16)
- The Europa building (01/494) receives the “Prize for a new construction or complex” (category I);
- The housing for the Foyer Bruxellois in the quarter of the Minimes (01/421) is “nominated” for the “Prize for a restored, transformed or refurbished construction or complex” (category II);
- The Brugmann hospital (01/312) is “selected” in the same category.
Trophy: © Charles Kaisin
THE MAISON DE LA CULTURE DE LA PROVINCE DE NAMUR GIVES FREE ACCESS TO ITS CONSTRUCTION SITE
On Sunday the 22nd of October, from 10am to 5pm, the Maison de la Culture de la Province de Namur will exceptionally give access to its construction site. A unique opportunity to take a guided tour of the site in the company of the comedian Philippe Vauchel, while enjoying many artistic animations – with no pre-registration required!
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).
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).
ODE TO COURAGE FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS OF CHARLEROIThe “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!
"ELEMENTS EUROPA" AND "THE FIRE STATION OF CHARLEROI" AVAILABLE IN E-BOOKSPublished 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).
FOUNDATION STONE CEREMONY AT THE MAISON DE LA CULTURE OF NAMURAfter 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.
BELGIAN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT AWARDOn 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.
ORIVAL AND HOUTEN GAS STATIONS IN DESIGN CURIAL’S 10 BEST STATIONSDesignCurial, 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).
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.
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”.
“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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GET INTO THE HEART OF EUROPA !Video made by Jan De Nul Group. (5’33’’)
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.
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.
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.
NEW ASSOCIATE PARTNERSOrsolya 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.
ECODYNAMIC COMPANY LABELBrussels Environment just renewed today our “Ecodynamic Company - Two Stars” Label for the quality of the environmental management practices on our business premises.
SKETCH FOR SYRIA: A VERY LIGHT SHELTERAt the invitation of Benno Albrecht, from the University Iuav di Venezia. Here is the contribution of Philippe Samyn.
MANNERIEHOF – SINGLE FAMILY TIMBER RESIDENCE (01/562)A drone flies over Manneriehof. Click here to see the video.
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.
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)
PRINCESS ELISABETH STATION: ONE OF 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD’S RENEWABLE ENERGY REVOLUTION (01/523)
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.
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.
THE PLAN AWARD 2016The 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
THE PLAN AWARD 2016 - 5 PROJECTS SHORLISTEDThe 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”.
WORLD’S BEST DESIGNED GAS STATION AWARDS APRIL 1st 2016DesignCurial, 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).
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.
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 ).
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.
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.