School building Melopee wins the biannual BigMat International Architecture Award 2021

The biannual BigMat International Architecture Award showcases the best of European architecture. Out of a list of more than 1000 projects from 7 European countries, the panel of judges decided to give the BigMat International Architecture Award’21 to the Melopee School in Ghent, by Belgian architect XDGA – Xaveer De Geyter Architects. The project counters the lack of space and deals with the inside-outside complexity of programs. The maximum building envelope is divided in two halves: one compact building housing all interior functions and an outside space. A galvanized steel skeleton unifies the two halves. The outside structure will be overgrown with vegetation climbing along a steel mesh.





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