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08/12/2016

Maltese Presidency unveils photos of Europa building

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Maltese Presidency unveils photos of Europa building

The summit table, with a view of the carpets. [Ray Attard – EU2017MT]

EurActiv.com is happy to unveil the Europa building, expected to be opened during the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, starting 1 January 2017. Photographs of the Brussels location for future EU summits were kindly provided by the incoming presidency.

The egg-shaped building locked into a glass cube is nearly complete. Its construction has been kept low key, since the then British Prime Minister David Cameron slammed what he thought was a typically unnecessary EU expense.

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If his successor, Theresa May, sticks to her word and triggers Article 50 by March, she will not have to sit at the summit table in the new EUCO building.

Shapes of things to come

Ironically, the 27 EU leaders will move to a beautiful new location at a time when the Union is confronted by multiple crises. As they discuss the future of the European Union, they may find inspiration in the colours and unusual shapes of the new EU summit quarters.

The inauguration of the Europa building will be a first step in an effort to improve the looks of the EU quarters, complete with a new pedestrian zone crossing the Schuman roundabout.

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All photos are credited “Ray Attard – EU2017MT – SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers, LEAD and DESIGN PARTNER, with Studio Valle Progettazioni architects, Buro Happold engineers”. Those who wish to republish them need to reproduce this credit.

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External view [Ray Attard – EU2017MT – SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers, LEAD and DESIGN PARTNER, with Studio Valle Progettazioni architects, Buro Happold engineers].

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The egg-shaped internal core. [Ray Attard – EU2017MT – SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers, LEAD and DESIGN PARTNER, with Studio Valle Progettazioni architects, Buro Happold engineers]

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Egg or onion? [Ray Attard – EU2017MT – SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers, LEAD and DESIGN PARTNER, with Studio Valle Progettazioni architects, Buro Happold engineers].

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Glass ceiling [Ray Attard – EU2017MT – SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers, LEAD and DESIGN PARTNER, with Studio Valle Progettazioni architects, Buro Happold engineers]

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Summit room [Ray Attard – EU2017MT- SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers, LEAD and DESIGN PARTNER, with Studio Valle Progettazioni architects, Buro Happold engineers]

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Room for inspiration?  [Ray Attard – EU2017MT- SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers, LEAD and DESIGN PARTNER, with Studio Valle Progettazioni architects, Buro Happold engineers]

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Press conference room [Ray Attard – EU2017MT- SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers, LEAD and DESIGN PARTNER, with Studio Valle Progettazioni architects, Buro Happold engineers]