New headquarters of the Council of the European Union by Samyn and Partners

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Architect
Samyn and Partners
Architect in Charge
Ir Johan Burgers
Lead and Design Partner
Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl, architects & engineers. For the joint venture Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS, architects & engineers, Studio Valle Progettazioni, architects, Buro Happold, engineers.
Design Partner
Dr Ir Ridder Philippe SAMYN, architect & engineer
Directors
Arch. Benedetto CALCAGNO, Åsa DECORTE, Arch. Thierry HENRARD, Arch. IrArch. Denis Mélotte (partners, Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl), Arch. Piera BISIGNANI (director, Studio Valle Projettazioni).
Pictural integration
Georges MEURANT (color)
Collaborators
Structural engineering.- BURO HAPPOLD (Ir Nick GREENWOOD) with Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS (Dr Ir Philippe SAMYN). MEP engineering.- BURO HAPPOLD (Ir Steve Mc CLEAVE) with Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS Technical control.- SECO scrl/cvba
Location
Rue de la Loi 175B, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Area
53.815 sqm superstructure (including 9.271 sqm conference rooms, 27.163 sqm offices, 3.370 sqm pressroom and 8.375 sqm ceremonial rooms and restaurants); 17.184 sqm infrastructure (including a 145 cars parking) 2005 - 2016; (01/494).
Dates
Asbestos removal started in January 2008. Demolition and infrastructure works started in May 2008. Project on schedule and at final design stade. Final building permit granted in April 2008. Final bidding document for fall 2008 Completed in june 2016.

Philippe Samyn

Philippe, Knight Samyn, (born 1 September 1948, in Ghent, Belgium) started his education in Ghent, before moving to Brussels with his family. He was interested in art, architecture, sciences and technology from an early age. He holds a degree in civil engineering from Brussels Free University (ULB) in 1971, a Master of Sciences in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 1973, a degree in urban planning from the ULB (1973), a postgraduate in management from the Solvay Business School (1985) and became Doctor in Applied sciences for the University of Liege in 1999. He begins his consultant activity as an architect and engineer in 1972 and founds Philippe Samyn and Partners in 1980.
 
He is a Belgian architect and civil engineer whose style is characterized by extensive use of glass, wood and steel to build often monumental structures. Philippe Samyn is Commander of the Order of Léopold and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts of Belgium, he is personally ennobled with the grant of hereditary nobility to Knighthood by HRH King Albert II on 13 July 2012. His motto is: "Reperire, Invenire, Creare".
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