European Pentagone

Written by BrusselsLife Team - 25 Sep 2005, 00:00 (Updated: 13 Dec 2012, 07:59)
European Pentagone
In the context of the reflection that has been under way since 2002 on the architecture of the Centre for Fine Arts and on the building's place in its urban setting, the Luxembourg artist Bert Theis has erected a pavilion on the Centre for Fine Arts' roof, on the rue Royale/Koningsstraat side, surrounded by a belvedere terrace offering a panoramic view of Brussels.

This translucent, but structured, space raises the question of the visibility of Horta's building and takes its starting point from the natural desire to gain access to it. Constructed in translucent glass in art deco style, the work is a multipurpose structure: the public is invited to enter, to sit down, and to discover unusual urban points of reference. From the inside, the visitor can decipher the text Safe/Sorry inscribed on the glazed walls. At night, the pavilion is lit up from within and presents itself to the city as a large luminous object, a gigantic crystal emerging from the roof of the Centre for Fine Arts, or an outsized art deco lamp. It makes its presence felt as a signal announcing to the city the Luxembourg presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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