The Brussels Bike Hundred

100 portraits, stories and bicycles

We’re teaming up with Bike for Brussels to put together a 100-strong selection of local heroes shaping the city each in their own way. From designers and DJs to performers and publishers, these are the creatives riding Brussels forward.

Edouard Brunet

Edouard Brunet, 1985

Founder at Edouard Brunet Architecte

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I was born in Saumur and studied architecture in Nantes. I did an Erasmus exchange in Barcelona, where I met my current Belgian girlfriend, so I decided to take a break from my studies and move to Brussels. I started working for an architectural practice and wrote my thesis on gentrification in Brussels and Barcelona. I received my architecture degree in Nantes and came back to Brussels where I worked in different offices over the course of two years. After traveling around South America and trying to settle down in Paris, working in an architectural office and living in a tiny apartment, I once again came back to Brussels and started my own practice in 2013: Edouard Brunet Architecte.

How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?

For starters, Brussels taught me not to pay too much attention to the weather. Second, I also learned to great men with a kiss, even in professional settings. Finding a consensus, the middle ground, is also something I learned here, as well as to work on residential projects of varying sizes for clients with very different profiles and backgrounds.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • Multiculturalism.
  • People’s kindness and the relaxed atmosphere.
  • The multitude of terraced houses: every building is different, like its inhabitants.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • The Green Route, because it shows Brussels’ many different faces, including the less evident ones. From forest to industrial zones, housing towers and fields with cows.
  • Along the canal, witnessing thee strange facets of the productive city.
  • From the Ixelles Ponds to the Sonian Forest, because it’s green, flat and clean.