Hemicycle and offices for the Head Office of the European Parliament including a hemicycle of 750 seats, 1133 offices for the members of Parliament, 18 commission halls of 50 to 350 seats, catering centre and services.
The architecture is a metaphor of the European Culture and its history, and of the democratic institutions carrying it. The edifice expresses the foundations of the Western civilization: Classicism and Baroque, from Galileo’s to Kepler’s ellipse, the transition from a central geometrical structure (Galileo) to the anamorphosis (Borromini) and the ellipse (Kepler, Gongora), showing the constant motion expressing the evolution of the institutions, evolving from central power to a democratic organization.
The European Parliament stands as an autonomous positive landmark. Its conception and structure follow the morphology of the environment, from the city to Europe: the context in the broadest meaning. These two notions, autonomy and context, are complementary to one another. The Parliament represents the contradictions of our modern societies; strength and power, individual expectations and common stability enabling thus the expansion of a stable and dynamic democracy.Location: Strasburg, France Architect: AS.Architecture-Studio Client: S.E.R.S.
Co-architect: G. Valente
Engineering: Sogelerg, G.I.L. (Serue, E.T.F., O.T.E. Ingénierie)
Built areas: 220,000 sqm
Cost: 275 M Euros before tax
Competition: 1991, winner