Publishing house Luster unveils Belgium's Best Buildings

Publishing house Luster unveils Belgium's Best Buildings

A brand new edition including extra surprising buildings

In May, Luster will release a new edition of the successful book 'Best Buildings - Belgium'. The buildings in the book are selected based on the top ten lists of renowned Belgian architects and architectural experts. The result is a surprising mix of well-known contemporary projects such as the MAS, historical must-sees and less obvious architectural gems in Belgium. 'Best Buildings - Belgium' will be available in bookstores as from mid May.

In 2012, Luster published ‘Belgium’s Best Buildings’, an elegant and easy-to-use pocket guide for architecture fans and for everyone who is curious about architecture in Belgium. That same year, the book was nominated as ‘One of the most inspiring architecture books of 2012’ by and The Word Magazine presented it as one of the ‘Six of Belgium’s Best Travel Guides’.

The concept of the book hasn’t changed for this new edition: starting from the top ten lists of renowned Belgian architects and architecture critics, it presents the best Belgian buildings (completed after 1900) with a photo and a short text in English and Dutch. The lists of the individuals are included. The first edition came to be with a little help from architects and experts such as Christian Kieckens, Leo Van Broeck and Dag Boutsen (dean of the faculty of Architecture of the KU Leuven). Their contribution was transfered to this new edition, but the selection has been updatet and extended; new buildings have been added based on extra lists from e.g. Kiki Verbeeck and Yves Malysse from URA, and VAi-director Sofie De Caigny.

The result is an interesting mix of well-known contemporary buildings such as the MAS museum in Antwerp, historical must-sees and less obvious architectural gems such as a modernist chapel or an architect’s house.


New buildings: 

  • Library in Schoten by Renaat Braem
  • Architectural library UGent by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
  • Venetian Galleries in Ostend by Henri Maquet
  • Sint-Rita church in Harelbeke by Leon Stynen
  • Musée Royal de Mariemont by Roger Bastin
  • City campus UHasselt (reconversion of an old prison) by noAarchitecten
  • Sports centre La Fraineuse in Spa by Baukunst
  • Sailing club in Zeebrugge by Wim Goes

New lists:

  • Sofie De Caigny (director VAi)
  • Karen Kesteloot and Maarten Baeye (studiobont architects)
  • Erik Wieërs (Collectief Noord)
  • Sarah Poot (architect)
  • Chris Meplon (journalist)
  • Klaas Coussée and Ralf Goris (Coussée & Goris architects)
  • Stéphane Beel (architect)
  • Georgios Maillis and team (Charleroi Bouwmeester)


Best Buildings - Belgium
Hadewijch Ceulemans

April 2018
Paperback 13 x 18,5 cm
ca. 224 p.
ISBN 9789460582233
NUR 648
Dutch & English
€ 19,95


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