035_College of Europe

The key issue here is how to insert new architecture in a loaded historical surrounding. Bruges is one of these cities that tries to keep its center intact, with the risk of banning too much of today’s city life. The city maintains a set of rules on scale, materials, roof inclinations… that are supposed to keep existing urban qualities intact. Among others, concrete façades and big glass surfaces are forbidden.

MIES VAN DE ROHE AWARD 2009, nomination