LN24's weekly interview
To mark the beginning of the new TV season, the news channel LN24 welcomed the Brussels architect. In this interview with Joan Condijts, the channel's CO, Francis Metzger talks about some of his projects. He also talks about his work as an architect and teacher and discusses in particular the question of building a new national stadium on the Heysel plateau.
Journey at the Heart of Art Nouveau
Among other missions, Francis Metzger worked on the Autrique house and on the Central Station, but also in the frame of the works of the contemporaries of Victor Horta, his masters, his peers, his heirs... In the frame of the summer school organised by the faculty of architecture La Cambre Horta of the ULB, the brussels architect delivers a conference, to be followed on line on September 2nd. Info and free registration here.
Summer is not fallow
At Ma2 projects follow one another. Sketches, measurements, submissions, ongoing projects, receptions... Every stage at its own pace, each step at its own time. There are all those files already planned. And then, all those not yet realised, that we still dream of... It’s full of promises one summer.
Astoria: the works resume at a good pace
"According to architect Francis Metzger, the construction site should be completed by the end of 2022. "A look back at the saga and the agenda for the renovation of the legendary hotel. An article by Marc Beaudelot, published in La Capitale on Saturday 9 May.
Two Ma2 projects nominated for the Publica Awards
A competition that rewards the most beautiful projects from public tenders.The nominated projects are: the Saint-Servais church in Schaerbeek (in the Heritage and Architecture category) and the secure doors of the Brussels Palace of Justice (in the Security & Safety category). You can vote too!
Less offices, more housing projects
In view of the historical value of this cottage which dates from 1937 and the degradation of its environment, brought by its transformation into offices and the construction of annexes built between 1980 and 1991, it was imagined a return to its original function, in this case housing.
The method for renovating the historical houses
“The restorations (...) are designed (...) in such a way to be both identifiable to an informed eye and almost elusive when they are offered to the eye, specifies Francis Metzgerin these 6 pages devoted to the Maison Saint-Cyr in the last issue of Historical houses and gardens. An article signed by Donatienne de Séjournet.
Completion of work in view for the ?Galerie Louise?
“The impression of the renovated “Galerie Louise” to the first onlookers walking by, in a few months will for sure be imbued with admiration and surprise: clearer, more luminous and airy lightness.” An article in “La Libre Belgique”
Transformation of buildings: heritage stake or public utility issue?
Academic year of the Executive Master in Architectural Heritage (ULB-VUB): François Chatillon is the honour Guest. On this occasion, the chief architect of the historical monuments of France and partner of Ma² for the renovation of the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, gives a lecture about the renovation of the buildings related to the heritage.
"Whether we are talking about architecture, photography, cooking or fashion, the creative drivers are the same."
Francis Metzger is part of the “special guests” of TLmag of October. Interviewed by Marie Honnay, the Brussels architect talks about his report to the old, their attitude towards the projects, ethics and beauty…
Contemporary creation: the Nile by Ma²
Edited by Prisme Editions, this volume of a collection dedicated to contemporary architecture points out more than 60 projects. With an introduction of a series of articles upon re-appropriation of the public space, Belgium New Architecture 7 does attest of the vitality of the Belgian creativity in architecture. Pages 260-263, we discover one of the latest creations of Ma²: The Jean Nile Auditorium.
La Balsamine, we talk about it again and again?
Published this summer in “La Libre Belgique”, this serial of articles invites us to (re)discover all these places of entertainment that originally had another assignment. This week, let’s present La Balsamine located in the abandoned former old barracks Dailly. An article showing how, architecture and artistic choices, can be combined.
The original plans from the damned architect of the Palace of Justice have been found.
Justice be done at the Palace of Poelaert – An editorial and report by Daniel Couvreur in Le Soir of 5 August, followed by a few interventions of Francis Metzger in radio and television on
BX1, RTBF and RTL
(Very) green light for the renovation of the Tournay-Solvay Castle
The building permit has just been granted and the work will therefore be launched by the end of 2019. Located in green zone, the classified building will host the BEL, a centre of excellence inter-university dedicated to physics. Renovated in compliance with classified parts and decorated with an architectural intervention on the roof imagined by Ma², the castle will host spaces for work and reflexion, meeting rooms, reception and conference rooms as well as a shelter for bats.
Summer at Flora, the Aegidium?s future spring?
Scenography by the interior designer Lionel Jadot and expanding his terrace on the Square de Saint Gilles, the Café Flora has just opened its doors. A beautiful front bridge for the Aegidium, that is being renovated presently and will soon recover its magnificence. An Ma² project in collaboration with Synergy International.
The sun shines again into the Delune House
After a year of works where floors, window frames, mouldings, fittings, mosaics, lanterns and stained glass, have been finely renovated, the oldest building of the avenue Franklin Roosevelt and certainly, one the most venerable, hosts now the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.
The Art Deco indoors of the Cavrois Villa: how to make them to come alive again?
Bourgeois lecture hall – La Cambre Horta ULB – A conference of Michel Goutal on the restoration of the Cavrois Villa, followed by a debate of Francis Metzger (architect of the Villa Empain restoration) and Eric Hennaut (art historian and member of the Board of the Van Buuren House).
?I couldn?t live in a Horta house.?
As the doors of exceptional buildings opens to visitors as part as the Brussels Art Nouveau &Art Deco Festival, the architect Francis Metzger who has renovated more than one of them, tells to Thijs Demeulemeester of L'Écho about his relationship to this remarkable heritage.
Reconstruct after the fire
“Auditoire Bourgeois” – La Cambre Horta ULB. A conference by Sarah McKinnon, head of the project of the reconstruction of the Glasgow School of Art, and of Francis Metzger who will present the reconstruction of Charle-Albert Castle that remained abandoned for a long time after two successive fires.
Who will be hunting the ghosts out of the Château Tournay-Solvay?
âÂ€Â‹âÂ€Â‹âÂ€Â‹âÂ€Â‹âÂ€Â‹The Minister-President of the Brussels Government Rudi Vervoort has visited the renovating site last Tuesday afternoon, located by the “Forêt de Soignes” in Watermael-Boitsfort. On this occasion, he has called for ideas concerning the future and affectation of this building.
Lecture of Francis Metzger at CIVA
Lecture at the Solvay library
The restoration of Charle-Albert Castle is now over.