New General Building of Council of Europe Strasbourg, France Architecture Photos, Design
New General Building of Council of Europe Strasbourg
Strasbourg building, Eastern France design by Art & Build Architects
17 Sep 2008
New General Building of Council of Europe
Location: Strasbourg, eastern France
Date built: 2008
Design: Art & Build Architect
Awards & nominations:
MIPIM Award 2008 – Cannes – March 2008 – “Business Center” category – Winner
BEX Awards 2008 – Valencia – June 2008 – “Sustainability” category – Nominee
LEAF Awards 2008 – London – October 2008 – ” Best sustainable development ” – Nominee
Art & Build Architect (Brussels, Paris, Luxembourg, Toulouse)
Designed by French architect Henry Bernard and inaugurated in 1977, the Palais de l’Europe is the Council of Europe’s principal building. Its entrance is flanked by the flags of all the Council’s member states.
The outer layer of the Palais is a mosaic of contrasted colours, which are found on the concrete of the buttresses, the aluminium-covered façade and the vast windows of the conference rooms respectively. In front of the Palais the lawn was once the site of the predecessor to the Palais de l’Europe – the Maison de l’Europe.
Council of Europe
The seat of the Council of Europe is in Strasbourg, France. First meetings were held in Strasbourg’s University Palace in 1949, but the Council of Europe soon moved into its own buildings.
The Council of Europe’s eight main buildings are situated in the Quartier européen, an area in the northeast of Strasbourg spread over the three districts of Le Wacken, La Robertsau and Quartier de l’Orangerie, where are also located the four buildings of the seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Arte headquarters and the seat of the International Institute of Human Rights.
Building in the area started in 1949 with the predecessor of the Palais de l’Europe, the House of Europe (demolished in 1977), and came to a provisional end in 2007 with the opening of the New General Office Building, later named “Agora”, in 2008. The Agora building has been voted “best international business center real estate project of 2007” on 13 March 2008, at the MIPIM 2008.
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