Six architects to compete for Beurs conversion into Beer Temple
The finalists to design the planned Belgian Beer Temple, which will be installed in the Beurs building in downtown Brussels, have been chosen, with a winner announced in June
The six were selected on the basis of their experience with listed buildings and their overall vision, as well as their proposed plans for the Beer Temple. Stéphane Beel, based in Ghent, is best known for M Museum in Leuven; Polo Architects from Antwerp worked on the Belgian pavilion at the Shanghai Expo; Arter from Brussels worked on the Grand Casino in Brussels.
Kempe Thill, based in Rotterdam, was responsible for the Maritime Academy in Antwerp; Imagination, with offices in London and Cologne, specialises in restaurant and hotels; while Ghent’s Robbrecht en Daem is known for its numerous high-profile projects, including the Concertgebouw in Bruges and the renovation of Antwerp Zoo.
The final six will now go into more detail on their proposals, and a winner will be chosen in June by the two contractors for the project: the city of Brussels and the Belgian Brewers federation.
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