forum Jean Cosse

Introduction to the book Forum Jean Cosse

Urban dedicates the Heritage of Tomorrow collection to recent architecture in the Brussels Capital Region, in order to promote high-quality architecture that is often little known and to contribute to the heritage debate. With this aim, Urban chooses to include the voices of students, young graduates, researchers and photographers, who see our built environment with fresh eyes. This first monograph deals with the Forum Jean Cosse in Saint-Gilles (1989).

The post-modernist exterior of this architecture school (Saint-Luc) speaks to us because of its restraint and its effective integration into the eclectic architectural context of the end of the twentieth century, which is so typical for Saint-Gilles. The interior reveals surprising spatial dimensions, all made of rough concrete. This building, designed by Jean Cosse (1931-2016), one of the most influential Belgian architects of his generation, reflects the key trends of late 1980s architecture.

This monograph is based on Gabrielle Guyonvarch's master's thesis, as presented to the Architecture Faculty La Cambre Horta of the ULB in 2019. She analyses the material, structural but also symbolic characteristics of the building and examines its heritage values. An interview with architect Brigitte De Groof, former colleague of Jean Cosse, provides more details about Jean Cosse's work method and his team.

A photographic report completes this discovery process we are inviting you to: Olivier Cornil reveals this inspired and inspiring place of learning in the fullness of its materiality, showing its light and spatial dimensions.

Les Instituts Saint-Luc and Urban invite you to the presentation of the book Forum Jean Cosse, in the presence of Jean-Paul Verleyen, delegated administrator of the organising committee of Les Instituts Saint-Luc in Saint-Gilles, as well as the author, Gabrielle Guyonvarch, and Brigitte De Groof, architect and former colleague of Jean Cosse. + visit of the building.

© Olivier Cornil
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