Public + Intimate
Sotiria Kornaropoulou, 51N4E Architects

51N4E Architects

Public + Intimate

Public lecture
Thursday, 25  April 2013 


The sixth public lecture in the Spring UMA  lecture series 2013 "Making Architecture Politically", will be addressed by architect Sotiria Kornaropoulou of the Belgium architecture office 51n4e, located in Brussel.

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51N4e Architects

51N4E is a Brussels-based international practice that concerns itself with matters of architectural design, concept development and strategic spatial transformations. It is led by 3 partners: Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn and Peter Swinnen, and at present it is 20 people strong. The office was founded in 1998 and gained renown through key projects such as Lamot (2005), TID Tower Tirana (2004), C-Mine (2006), Skanderbeg Square (2008).

In 2010 Peter Swinnen was appointed Flemish Government Architect. Their work has been shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe European Union prize for Contemporary Architecture, and several publications on their work have received awards (see below).

Recently they finalized Speelplaatsplein a kindergarten and greenery service at Merksem and an eldery home in Nevele (see article in magazine Domus issue 966, February 2013).

51N4E has been rewarded with different international prizes for the architectural projects, while it has recently engaged in the development of strategic visions for large-scale urban regions such as Bordeaux (50.000 dwellings), Brussels (Bruxelles Metropôle 2040) and Istanbul (Making City). 51N4E aspires to contribute, through means of design, to social and urban transformation.

Sotiria Kornaropoulou (1977) is an architect with a Masters Eng. (TU Athens, Greece, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy) and has a Masters in design from the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Awarded books on their work:

Reasons for Walling a House

It is a book about the unusual transformation of a small single family house by the Belgian architecture firm 51N4E.

A couple living in a single family house on the Belgian countryside wanted to have "more space." But, instead, the architects that they hired enclosed their small house with a three-meter-tall steel wall. This paradoxical transformation challenged the owners to rethink their ideas of a home. Upon the project's completion they decided to open up their residence as a guest house for artists, designers, writers, and thinkers. Each person invited would receive a carte blanche, a fridge full of food, and the opportunity to have the run of the house without its inhabitants. Reasons for Walling a House unravels the secrets of an unlikely transformation, seen through the eyes of the first seven guests-the artists Enrique Marty (Spain) and Dirk Braeckman (Belgium), theater director and actor Josse de Pauw (Belgium), graphic designers Something Fantastic (Germany), as well as the architects Andrea Branzi (Italy), BeL (Germany) and 51N4E (Belgium).

Double or Nothing, 51N4E Architects


51N4E is a Brussels-based architectural practice led by Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn and Peter Swinnen. Founded in 1998, it has drawn increasing attention and renown through projects for the C-mine cultural centre in Genk, the Groeningemuseum and the TID Tower and Skanderbeg Square both in Tirana, Albania. This book, accompanying an exhibition on the practice at the Architectural Association, features these and 17 other projects alongside essays by Lars Lerup, Dominique Boudet and Stefan Devoldere.

More information:

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Selection of their work in words and images: