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Building interior. Photo: Mireille Roobaert
Eco-friendly architecture at its finest TEXT: LIDIJA LIEGIS
K2A is an innovative, Brussels-based architecture firm founded by Stéphane Kervyn and Federico Alegria. Both partners bring diverse international backgrounds to the practice, strengthened by six other highly skilled practitioners. The practice handles architecture, interior design and strategic programming. Its impressive repertoire of work includes single and collective housing units, nurseries, historical buildings, as well as cultural, commercial and office spaces in Belgium and neighbouring countries. Founded a decade ago, the practice’s main characteristic is its international out10 | Issue 36 | December 2016
look and dynamism. “Thinking globally, building locally,” is K2A’s motto, according to co-partner Stéphane Kervyn. Kervyn, who studied in the USA, brings an international dimension to his work while also possessing extensive knowledge of local regulations and construction techniques. All these factors ensure that projects are delivered in a timely fashion and within a given budget.
Recent achievements A recent highlight is Fondation Mons 2015. The Belgian city of Mons, designated European cultural capital of 2015, requested a renovation, extension and transformation of the old Académie des Beaux Arts into a cultural and administra-
tive centre. K2A won an international competition to design the 2,500-square-metre headquarters next to the main city square. Besides being very large, the project was challenging as it is a symbolic building in the historic medieval centre. In 2015, this impressive building hosted many events and served as a showroom for Europe’s cultural heritage. The design was based on three main concepts: first, the private courtyard became an open and public square linked with surrounding spaces. Secondly, a new pedestrian passageway was designed to go through the building so that the courtyard would become accessible. Thirdly, the U-shaped structure of the existing buildings was
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.