The House of the Province of Flemish Brabant
The main material of the building is blue stone carved in horizontal lines. The stone characterizes the building. There is also very much clear glass (no mirror-glass) used for the intended transparency. Finally metallic aluminum "fins" protect the southern walls of the building automatically from excessive sunlight on hot days. These materials are used both for the tower volume as well as for the rear body. This uniformity makes it clear that this building is more than a striking tower. The rear body is an integral part of the structure without having the same monumentality as the tower. Inside the building is extensively equipped with sandblasted stainless steel plates and "warmer" materials like wood. The combination of these warm inside, the sober exterior and the use of glass, gives the building especially at night and a warm atmosphere. The striking balcony for smokers is a masterpiece of Aglaia Konrad.