The European Union and Brussels
The European Union’s motto is ‘United in diversity’.
There is a clear maturity that understands the complexities and maybe incapacities of creating a singular union. The European project is in movement and embraces its differences of components and actors, currents and to become. By essence it outlines a body that is undefined in shape, size and taste. There has been sufficient writings made on the definition of the European machine to avoid another attempt. We will extract a few aspects that seem sufficiently recurrent to hold relevance in our quest for a European project as such:
-the Union grows. In 50 years more than 20 countries have been added to the 6 founders.
-the Union hasn’t profiled itself with architecture unlike other institutions tend to do.
-the EU is located in Brussels and aims at solidifying its presence in the Belgian capital.
-the Union is in the making
The European Union superimposes itself to the space of the City. In our project the European Union is, symbolically and spatially, a vast shared cape: under it the flows of the city are self-governing.
|Size||880.000 m2||Client||Brussels Capital Region, The European Commission||Status||Settled 2008|
|Location||Brussels, Belgium||Team||JDS, Secchi & Viganò, Tritel, Ney, 3E|
|Creative Authorship||Julien De Smedt||Project Leader||Andrew Griffin, Federico Pedrini, Sandra Fleischmann||Project Team||
Aleksandra Kiszkielis, Barbara Wolff, Benedetta Casadei, Drew Parli, Elena Prendergast, Elina Manninen, Eric Gilham, Felix Luong, Francisco Villeda, Gregory Corso, Hanna Gloyer, Heechan Park, Jae Chung, Jeppe Ecklon, Jessica Di Nota, Joao Cardoso, Johanna Karlsson, Johanna Kliment, Josephine Giller, Kristoffer Harling, Lieven Schulz, Lieven Schulz, Marco Boella, Michaela Weisskirchner, Peter Simonsen, Peter Simonsen, Philipp Ohnesorge, Philipp Ohnesorge, Razvan Armeanu, Robert Huebser, Roberto Aparicio, Roberto Aparicio, Victor Mahe, Wouter Dons, Yoko Maja Rahbek Hansen