Last edited 20 Oct 2016

Buildings of the EU

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[edit] Berlaymont building

The European Commission is housed in the imposing modernist Berlaymont building in the European Quarter of Brussels (see image above).

The 14-storey building was designed by architect Lucien De Vestel and consists of a cruciform with four wings of unequal size projecting from a central core in the shape of a star. Each wing supports a 40 m high, narrow concrete ridge which supports steel beams to form the frame of the glass fa├žade.

The building was completed in 1967, but the discovery of asbestos in the 1990s led to a large-scale refurbishment programme, during which the building was retrofitted to strict environment standards and external brises-soleil were added to regulate solar gain and glare.

[edit] Charlemagne building

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Also located in Brussels' European Quarter, the Charlemagne building houses the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, the Directorate-General for Trade, and the Commission's Internal Audit Service.

The Charlemagne building was designed by Jacques Cuisinier and constructed in 1967 concurrently with the Berlaymont Building to group together the scattered departments of the European Commission. A major renovation was completed in 1998 by Helmut Jahn, replacing the largely concrete exterior with a glass one.

[edit] Paul-Henri Spaak building

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The Paul-Henri Spaak building is the permanent home of the European Parliament. Located in Brussels, the 17-storey post-modern building contains a hemicycle debating chamber and is notable for its cylinder-shaped barrel-vault inspired by Joseph Paxton's 19th century Crystal Palace.

[edit] Louise Weiss building

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The Louise Weiss building is the seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, at which they must convene for twelve sessions a year, meaning that the building is only used for 48 days a year. Completed in 1999, the building was designed by the Parisian firm Architecture-Studio. It includes a 60 m high tower and was inspired by Roman amphitheatres as well as the mythical Tower of Babel.

[edit] European Court of Justice

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Located in Luxembourg, and designed by architect Dominique Perrault, the European Court of Justice accommodates more than 2,000 judges, clerks and translators in 150,000 sq. m of accommodation. At 100 m each, its towers are the tallest in Luxembourg, with a distinctive gold-tinted aluminium mesh exterior.

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