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College of Europe

Location Bruges, Belgium
Timeline 2004 - 2007

expansion of a post graduate institute, with the renovation of an elegant building

Intro

This post-graduate training institute was in urgent need of an expansion and centralisation of the distributed services. In the city centre of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the two new volumes deliberately break with the historical buildings. The facades consist of load-bearing prefabricated elements of polished fair-faced concrete and provide a sleek and sober appearance. Inside, large spans avoid the use of supporting columns.

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Client(s)
  • College of Europe
Architects
  • Xaveer De Geyter
  • E. Vanassche
  • Michel van Langenhoven
Stats
8150 m²

Story

The facade is composed of bearing, prefabricated elements of polished exposed concrete, a material that is also frequently used inside.

Education brugge europacollege 2

The College of Europe in Bruges and Natolin (Poland) offers postgraduate courses in law, economics and politics, with an emphasis on the European dimension. In addition, it also organizes training courses tailored for executives and senior officials.

The campus in Bruges had an urgent need for structural expansion because of the increasing number of promotions. In addition, the campus was spread over 11 buildings - now the academic activities are concentrated at the Verversdijk. Therefore, an existing, elegant building was renovated (arch. Michel Van Langenhove), and 2 blocks were added (arch. Xaveer De Geyter) with auditoria, a foyer, meeting rooms and a reception area.

VK provided the structural studies. It paid particular attention to the facade, which is composed of bearing, prefabricated elements of polished exposed concrete, a material that is also frequently used inside. Moreover, large spans of 10 meters and more keep supporting columns from disturbing the field of vision.

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