In May 2020, the European Parliament decided to initiate an international design competition for the renewal of its plenary building in Brussels.
The enlargement of the European project, currently with 27 Member States, and changes in security standards require a renewal of the plenary building (SPAAK building).
With the renewed complex, the European Parliament seeks to set an example in its overall environmental approach. It is intended to be sustainable, with sustainability being measured in terms of operability, maintainability, flexibility and adaptability. This flexibility should be considered in terms of space, time and technologies. The building and its development process should incorporate best durability and sustainability practices with a considered balance between simplicity and thoughtful technology. The project of the renewal aims for a positive environmental impact.
Students from the Constructing Ecosystems Master studio (supervised by Jan Wurm) submitted the following projects:
– AN APPROACHABLE STAGE OF EXCHANGE by Kaat Boon
– AT THE INTERSECTION OF HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN by Benediktas Kuoras
– ADAPTATION by Marion Lust Willocx
– BEING US WITH THEM by Ward Peetermans
– THE PARLIAMENT OF NATURE by Laura Valentinaviciute
– CO-HABITATION by Guillaume Vandekerckhof