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Europa – Residence Palace



In a glass building, a giant urn is nestled within a wooden frame. The street-facing façade along Rue de la Loi showcases a patchwork of old wooden frames salvaged from European countries and reworked. Behind it, a second layer of reinforced glass forms a secondary skin, supported by metal walkways that provide horizontal protection to the facade.

Inside the hollowed cube, a giant sandblasted glass amphora resembles a candy box made of successive ellipses that gradually rotate. Gleaming at night, it appears as a precious object placed within its container. At each floor, meeting rooms, furnished with circular tables, are pierced at their centers to allow the passage of light.

Project data

Study: 2004 – 2008
Execution: 2008 – 2016
Architect: Samyn & Partners
Client: ISSOL sa
Site: Rue de la Loi 175 1000, Bruxelles, Belgique
Area: 53 815 m²
Total budget: 312.000.000 € Vat Excl.
Status: Delivered