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VIDEO: Ursulinen - Label Architecture

As part of the international promotion of architecture operators, Wallonie-Bruxelles Architectures has hired an architecture video maker to produce promotional video capsules to promote contemporary achievements. The first vignettes he was commissioned to produce are those of the projects nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

To do this, Jonathan Ortegat has surrounded himself with a team composed ofJeanne Debarsy for the sound, Loup Mormont for the music, Jean Forest for the graphics and Lucien Keler for the color grading.

We invite you to discover the project Ursulinenrealised by the Label office.

This project, nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2022, is characterised by a mishmash of building types and styles, lacking any clear definition. Made up out of different public buildings intertwined with private dwellings, the building block presents itself as a labyrinthine and hardly legible piece of city fabric.

In an attempt to structure the open space of the building block, the project introduces a series of courtyards. In combination with the extreme compactness of the new buildings, we recreate large unbuilt spaces, forming breathing areas in the middle of the dense block.

The transition from the public to the private sphere, from the streets to the classrooms, has a clear hierarchy and becomes tangible in the positioning and permeability of its surrounding architecture.

The new volumes are as much integrated in their volume as they are in their architectural language. We turn the truth upside down. By referring to the industrial archetypes of the past, the buildings play with the memory of the residents. Maybe the school buildings were there first, have been renovated a few times, and the rest of the building block was built around them?



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