International Union of Architects

European Parliament Building Competition

Belgium

The Official Journal of the European Commission announced the international architectural design competition for the renewal of the European Parliament – Paul-Henri SPAAK Building Brussels on 26 May 2020. The international, single stage architectural design project competition with an open pre-qualification followed by a restricted procedure is conducted according to the UNESCO Standard Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning and the UIA best practice recommendations. 

 

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Presentation

The Official Journal of the European Commission announced the international architectural design competition for the renewal of the European Parliament – Paul-Henri SPAAK Building Brussels on 26 May 2020. The international, single stage architectural design project competition with an open pre-qualification followed by a restricted procedure is conducted according to the UNESCO Standard Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning and the UIA best practice recommendations. 

 

The competition seeks to revive its Paul-Henri Spaak building, which is the main parliament building at its workplace in Brussels. The building houses the plenary as well as facilities for parliamentary committees and trialogues, and a visitors’ centre. The solutions considered to revive the building can range from a major renovation to complete reconstruction. The future building must be integrated and linked to its urban, natural and social environment.

 

At the end of the pre-qualification procedure, 15 competitors (groups of architects, as lead members, together with structural engineers and environmental experts) were selected out of 132 applications received from all 5 continents. 

 

Timeline

Period for Questions during Application Procedure (online forum): 24 June 2020

Deadline for application: 9 July 2020

Dispatching of invitations for the design competition: September 2020

Participants Colloquium: Date of invitation + 2 weeks

First Deadline for submitting projects: Date of invitation + 12 weeks

Second Deadline for submitting model and renderings: First deadline + 2 weeks 

Jury meeting: Late January 2021

Project confirmation by European Parliament: February - March 2021

Prize

Each competitor, preselected by the jury on the basis of their complete design project in compliance with the competition rules, will be granted the amount of EUR 75,000 (excluding VAT).


The jury will choose 5 laureates among the submitted design concepts, and will award prizes among them. The total prize money will amount to EUR 400,000 (excluding VAT).

 

The prizes will be the following:


1st prize: EUR 120,000
2nd prize: EUR 100,000
3rd prize: EUR 80,000
4th prize: EUR 60,000
5th prize: EUR 40,000

Jury

General jurors:
• Rainer Wieland, Vice-President of the European Parliament
• Pedro Silva Pereira, Vice-President of the European Parliament
• Rudy Vervoort, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region
• Bety Waknine, Head of the Brussels Planning and Heritage Regional Public Service

Architectural jurors:
• Prof. Marilyne Andersen, Physicist and Environmental specialist, Lausanne, Switzerland
• Kristiaan Borret, Urban planner, Government Architect of the Brussels-Capital Region
• Manuelle Gautrand, Architect, Paris, France
• Dorte Mandrup, Architect, Copenhagen, Denmark (UIA representative)
• Carme Pigem, Architect, Olot, Spain
• Kazuyo Sejima, Architect, Tokyo, Japan
• Dimitri Tenezakis, Architect, Head of Luxembourg and Strasbourg Major Construction Projects Unit – DG INLO – European Parliament

Alternate general jurors:
• Heidi Hautala, Vice-President of the European Parliament 
• Gilles Boyer, Quaestor of the European Parliament
• Alain Hutchinson, Brussels Commissioner for Europe and International Organisations
• Thibaut Jossart, Director at the Brussels Planning and Heritage Regional Public Service

Alternate architectural jurors:
• Romain Poulles, Engineer, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
• Anna Przybyl, Architect, acting head of the Building Projects Unit in Strasbourg, – DG INLO – European Parliament
• Prof. Volker Staab, Architect, Berlin, Germany
• Lisa de Visscher, Architect, Editor in chief of A+ magazine, Brussels, Belgium (UIA representative)