047 RESIDENCE PALACE
Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS – Studio Valle progettazioni – Buro Happold Limited
It is an important renovation of an historical residential building in a part called “European Quarter” downtown Brussels (Belgium). The newly rebuilt building aside the oldest one, called “The Lantern” or “Space Egg” is one the most impressive and ambitious expressions of modern architecture. VLP&Partners was involved in this big project designing all “Lantern” glass cover from external skin (glass itself) to substructure placing and dimensioning. More than 1700 different glasses have been taylor made designed by VLP&Partners and processed by our automation processes, covering over 6000 square meters of internal “urn” part.
Every glass follows a specific optimization made by VLP&Partners designs by our Studio on Lantern external surface morphing from an elliptical shape to a cylindrical top shape. This causes a continuous variation of surface curvature. We engineered all placements for bearing system and glass shapes. This futuristic building is now one of the most representative headquarters of European Council.