ECOLE D’ETE D’ARCHITECTURE DE BELGIQUE
The young association La Table Ronde de l’Architecture, which is also the Belgian chapter of INTBAU, organises the yearly Belgian Summer School of Architecture. During this summer school, they teach everything that is missing at university: freehand drawing, history, debate, construction, crafts and freedom. Their students discover the rigour of drawing and the rules of composition; they exercise their eyes and their judgement on ancient architectural forms; they are free, finally, to dip their pencil in any era to conceive a worthy architecture.
But above all it is an intellectual and human adventure. Housed on the grounds of Bellem Castle, a few minutes by train from the splendid city of Bruges, the students live in a privileged, inspiring and historically charged place. Every day they discuss, debate and help each other.
They arrive alone and undecided, but leave united and confident in the future.
In 2022, fifteen students from nine different countries worked hard for a month on a variety of projects, ranging from the construction of a yacht house to the transformation of the Bruges railway station area. For the sake of realism, their projects had to be feasible and for the sake of aesthetics, they had to be inspired by local architecture. In order to familiarise themselves with Bruges’ architecture and the design in situ, numerous study visits were organised in the region. After a month of work, an international jury of architects, town planners and craftsmen assesses their work.