The Wave

Best Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
The three raised island roofs are the only above-ground structure. The grass-covered roof serves as a seating area for public gathering while the glass roofs bring nature daylight into the art laboratory and fabrication shop. Transparent coated glass allows certain program activities to be seen from the street level thereby encouraging communication and attracting engagement from the public ground and underground activities. The above-ground glass is deliberately selected with its aesthetically modern symbolism contrasting the surrounding historical building façade and echoing the mixture characteristics of contemporary Brussels. The glass façade reflects the sky and historical context representing a new relationship between the old and the new. That is its essence in the mediation between presumed opposites. It is this reality that the project intends to express. It is borne out of the creative tension between and excitation for the future, and respect for futures past.

Brussels, Belgium

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Applicant and authors of the project
Project by Honglin Li & Chenyu Huang.
Honglin Li is a design professional/architectural designer and visualizer in the United States.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 with a Master of Architecture degree. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the Kent State University, OH.
He previously worked for a broad range of world-renowned offices in different countries including OMA (Rotterdam, Netherlands), SOM (San Francisco, CA), EFFEKT,(Copenhagen, Denmark).