Eduardo Souto de Moura, new exhibition hall in Bruges (Belgium)
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The Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, in collaboration with the Belgian firm Meta, has designed for Bruges a new exhibition and conference center to be raised on the site of an exhibition hall that was built over fifty years ago as a temporary structure, but demolished only recently. The new building will take up an area of about 4,480 square meters and be a venue for trade fairs, conventions, concerts, and other events. The entire hall rests upon a plinth made from metal-framed panels of glass which can be fully slid back to form a covered public square. The main volume, clad with recycled brick lamellas, will be programmatically complemented by an annex. Both take on a human scale that simultaneously addresses the structure of the neighborhood they are inserted in, and a larger urban scheme to attract new activities into the city.
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