Project

Disassembly of a Brussels Palace

If we want a monument proper to our own time, we must dare to re-think older ones. The Brussels Justice Palace displays a totalizing eclecticism. Our competition entry proposed dismantling this composition, and reconstituting it as a series of fragments, an assemblage of monumental, but displaced fragments. The assemblage is presented as  a symbolic form of the perpetually negotiated conflict of interest that is the organizational principle of liberal democracy. An almost totalitarian ziggurat is now reconfigured as a symbol for pluralism. The project received an honorable mention but was not selected for realization.    

Location
Brussels , Belgium

Client
Disassembly of a Brussels Palace

Year
2010 — 2010

Type
Concept

Area
km2

Program
public

Team
Alexander D’Hooghe, Wim François

Collaborators

Fruit and Agricultural Center, St-Truiden

Fire Station, Asse