December 14, 2010
making of

Peter Swinnen will participate in the lecture series 'Making of..' in the Architecture Faculty of Bergische Universitaet Wuppertal, DE. The series focuses on the process behind the works.


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December 1, 2010
C-Mine nomination

C-Mine has been nominated for the 2011 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.


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November 23, 2010
Vormgevers/ Canvas

Belgian television channel CANVAS (public broadcasting network V.R.T.) has closely followed 51N4E during the last 15 months. The result, a documentary on the way of working and recent work of the office, makes the 6th episode of an 8-part series on Belgian designers.


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November 16, 2010

Lecture by Freek Persyn for the UCL-LOCI-BRUXELLES lecture series of the Architecture Faculty of UCL

October 18, 2010
Alumni debate Sint Lucas

51N4E will moderate the alumni debate held at Sint Lucas Brussels, Monday 18/10 at 18h00. The topic of the debate is ‘fragile’.


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October 9, 2010
Building for Brussels

TID tower & Skanderbeg Square feature in the upcoming exhibition Building For Brussels, a collaboration of Architecture Workroom & Bozar. The exhibition will identify a range of built projects and explore their relevance in responding to major urban challenges that Brussels sees itself confronted with.


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September 8, 2010
C-Mine opening

The former mine in Winterslag, Genk (BE) is opening its doors to the public as C-Mine Energy Building. The occasion will be marked with a calendar of cultural events, starting on the 09/09.


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August 30, 2010
C-Mine shortlisted for Contractworld award 2011

The 51N4E project for C-Mine has been shortlisted for the 2011 Contractworld Award in the category 'Conversions'. The announcement of the winners will take place in January 2011 in Hannover.


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August 27, 2010
San Rocco

Launching of San Rocco magazine at the Venice Biennale, featuring a contribution by Freek Persyn (51N4E)


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August 1, 2010
BXL métropole

51N4E, in team with L'auc (Paris) and Bas Smets (Brussels), are invited to take part in the elaboration of a long term territorial vision for Brussels, competition organized by Brussels Region.

July 9, 2010
50.000 logements

51N4E is selected for the competitive dialogue “50.000 logements nouveaux autour des axes de transports publics”. The aim of this competition is to develop operational urban strategies to frame the expected production of 50.000 housing units on Bordeaux’s urban territory around the axes of public transport.


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July 6, 2010
Lecture in Paris

On the occasion of the colloquium ‘BNF RICHELIEU : UN PROJET EN QUESTIONS’, Freek Persyn will present the reconversion projects of 51N4E during the Tuesday session on ‘exemples de reconversion d’édifices patrimoniaux’. The colloqium will take place at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, auditorium Colbert, 2, rue Vivienne, Paris 2e arrt.


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July 1, 2010
The Welcoming City

Peter Swinnen of 51N4E will deliver a ‘double reading’ lecture on the Welcoming City, this year’s theme at the London Festival of Architecture. The lecture is jointly organized by the Flanders House London and the Vai.


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June 29, 2010
Urban Logistics

The final review of the H2Obitat studio, run by 51N4E and ARUP at the Berlage postgraduate laboratory for architecture in Rotterdam, will be held on 29/6 starting from 10h. The studio takes a critical and speculative view on waterfront developments, investigating solutions beyond the current practice. This year’s studio focuses on the relation between the city of Brussels and its port, proposing a more integrated and sustainable organization of logistics throughout the city.

May 21, 2010
C-Mine site renovation wins Regio-Star award 2010

The transformation project of the former mine site in Genk into the C-Mine cultural campus is awarded a european prize for innovative regional projects.

May 19, 2010
Transatlantic Cities Forum 2010

Freek Persyn will participate in the 2010 edition of the annual workshop of the German Marshall Fund U.S., Transatlantic Cities Forum 2010. The 2010 workshop focuses on Waterfront Development and is held in Genoa(IT), 20-23 May 2010.


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May 7, 2010

The Brussels-based actress Carly Wijs will present her first creation F=m.a at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2010. The play is inspired by A Moonlit Night by Albanian writer Ismail Kadare. Carly Wijs invited 51N4E to develop a physical deus ex machina.


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May 7, 2010
4th Bordeaux Biennale of Architecture

As part of Agora, the 4th biennale of architecture in Bordeaux, Freek Persyn of 51N4E will participate in a debate on the future of the European metropolis, alongside Michel Duchêne (Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux), Franz Eberhard (Département d’Urbanisme de Zürich) and Michelle Provoost (Crimson, Rotterdam).


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May 1, 2010
C-Mine construction site delivered

The C-Mine cultural complex offers a new symbiosis between the former coalmine power station and new cultural amenities (2 new theatres, high-end exhibition space, meeting rooms, bars and outdoor panoramic terraces). C-Mine will officially open to the public early September 2010.

April 29, 2010

Johan Anrys will present the 51N4E project for Skanderbeg Square in a lecture for ArkiForum of Epoka University Tirana on 29/04/2010

April 23, 2010
Peter Swinnen appointed 'state architect'

Peter Swinnen, partner at 51N4E, has been appointed as the upcoming ‘state architect’ for the Flemish Region. From July onwards he will supervise and steer the quality level of new urban and architectural developments in Flanders. He will equally focus on the international relevance of the region’s potential. Peter Swinnen remains active partner at 51N4E.


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April 21, 2010
Start of construction site OCMW Nevele

The works for the seniors' campus in Nevele (BE) have started. The project is to be completed in spring 2012


April 12, 2010
51N4E interview on albanian television channel Klan

On the occasion of the start of the construction site of Skanderbeg Square, Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn were interviewed on location by Blendi Fevziu (Opinion, Klan TV). The interview is part of the ongoing tv-debate on Tirana.


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April 2, 2010
Freek Persyn to teach at Mendrisio

Freek Persyn, partner at 51N4E, has been assigned the position of Visiting Professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland). Currently Freek Persyn is heading, together with Laurens Tait of Arup Amsterdam, the H2OBITAT studio on strategic sustainability at the Berlage Institute Rotterdam.

March 30, 2010
upcoming exhibition: 51N4E the first decade

51N4E has been invited by BOZAR, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles, to exhibit the office's recent work. The exhibition will open mid 2011, and will be curated by Dominique Boudet (F).

March 26, 2010
Start construction Skanderbeg Square Tirana

The construction site for the redevelopment of Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, has officially started. The square will be developed in two phases. The end of phase 1 (underground construction) is foreseen for the end of 2010.

March 1, 2010
upcoming: New Website 51N4E

As from mid April 2010, the new 51N4E website will be presented to the public. The new website will offer a clear overview of the office's recent and past production.

January 14, 2010
Exhibition Frida Kahlo y su mundo

BOZAR has commissioned 51N4E to conceive a daring scenography for the works of Frida Kahlo. The collection will be on show from 15/01/10 till 18/04/10 at BOZAR, Brussels.


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