Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
We all worked for various architectural practices around Belgium, such as AWAA, Ledroit Pierret Polet, LRA and MNA, until we decided to come together and set up NUR just over a year ago. Most of our projects are private and based in Brussels. To give you an example, we just completed a greenhouse for Brussels Environment, which is located in the Anderlecht neighbourhood Neerpede.
How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?
Brussels essentially shaped us on a social level. Many people from other cities could say the same, but this feeling is much more tangible here than anywhere else: we immediately fell for the warmth and honesty of human interactions. On an architectural level, the city clearly carries an incredible dynamic. Its diversity and geographical location constantly influence our way of thinking. Brussels adopted and shaped us. We’d like to reciprocate, which is why we spend so much energy trying to achieve this in the best we can.
List three things you like the most about Brussels.
- Its people.
- Its crazy addiction to its continuous demolition-slash-reconstruction propensity.
- Olegario in Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis.
What converted you to bicycle use?
It’s the fastest and cheapest way to get wherever you want – just make sure you have a good padlock.
What are your favourite bike routes in Brussels?
Cycling is all about avoiding ups and downs: you’re more concerned about hills than the actual length of a journey. In this respect, make sure to avoid Chaussée d’Alsembergseteenweg between Barrière/Bareel and Albert, Rue du Mystère/Mysteriestraat or Rue Dupontstraat.nurarchitects.be/