Robbrecht and Daem, Architecture practice of the year

© Robbrecht & Daem

© Robbrecht & Daem

Out of the shortlist for 2013’s Mies van der Rohe Award, one project stood out – or you could say, stood in. The winner, Henning Larsen’s Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, and the other shortlisted buildings were all dramatic standalone structures with easily grasped identities – par for the course for architecture today. But Robbrecht and Daem’s Market Hall in Ghent was harder to understand – a sophisticated piece of urban design in a hyper-sensitive medieval context; a slow-cooked and considered work of architecture that drew on its historical surroundings. Spectacular is certainly not the word for it.

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