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Trip Along Walloon roads /05/2019

After the successful journeys ‘Wild West’ and ‘Far East’ in Flanders in May and November 2017, Archipel continues the quest for high-quality architecture in 2019 in the Walloon provinces of Belgium. Between the Hainaut remnants of mining waste hills and of waffling politics, we discover surprising projects in Mouscron, Tournai, Hornu, Mons and La Louvière.

Lecture own work

Budafabriek, Kortrijk

Aires Mateus brothers believe that an architectural project should express the determination of an idea, using limits and space to write history, looking at the future.

Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus is a Portuguese architects office founded by brothers Manuel Aires Mateus (°Lisboa, 1963) and Francisco Aires Mateus (°Lisboa, 1964).

Manuel started, after an early collaboration with architect Gonçalo Byrne from 1983, the office Aires Mateus & Associados with his Francisco brother in 1988. Their projects – variable in scale and characterized by a tight game of mass and materiality – have helped to shape of contemporary architecture in Portugal. Known for converting traditional Portuguese form in detail-free surfaces and for their interest in sculptural rigor, they dragged for many awards, both nationally and internationally.

In addition to their professional activities, give the brothers also teach at prestigious universities such as Harvard University (USA), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland since 2001), Universidade Autónoma and Lusíada University (Lisbon, since 1997).