European Parliament seeks architects to revamp its Brussels base

The European Parliament has launched a design competition for the renewal of its Brussels headquarters, the Paul-Henri Spaak Building.

Officials said the notion of "renewal" could mean a renovation, or a "reconstruction" of the building.

The brief is for designs with an emphasis on "operability, maintainability, flexibility and adaptability", which should "incorporate best durability and sustainability practices with a considered balance between simplicity and thoughtful technology".

Prequalification was launched on 26 May, and will be closed on 9 July.

Following prequalification, a number of shortlisted candidates will submit proposals to a jury of urban planners, parliament officials and designers, including French architect Manuelle Gautrand and Dorte Mandrup of Denmark.

The winner will be announced between February and March 2021.

The development will be conducted according to Unesco Standard Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning, and the International Union of Architect’s best practice.

More information on the competition is available here.

Image courtesy of the International Union of Architects

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