Buildings and architecture

The Palais de l’Europe

The Palais de l’Europe

The Palais de l'Europe was designed by the French architect, Henry Bernard, and was inaugurated in 1977. It is the Council of Europe's principal building. The flags of its 47 member States are mounted on its forecourt. The building offers a contrasting mosaic of colours, reflecting its concrete buttresses, its aluminium frontages and the large windows of its meeting rooms.

The Agora

The Agora

Inaugurated in April 2008 and designed by the architectural firms of Art & Build (Brussels) and Denu et Paradon (Strasbourg), the Agora is the Council of Europe's newest building, taking its name from the ancient Greek word for an open place of assembly. Behind its large glazed facade are two atria, which are enclosed by meeting rooms clad in pre-patinated copper.

The Human Rights Building

The Human Rights Building

The Human Rights Building was inaugurated in 1995 and is one of the most striking achievements of the great British architect Lord Richard Rogers, who also designed the Centre Georges-Pompidou, London's Millennium Dome and the Welsh National Assembly building. The front of the Human Rights Building is dominated by the two cylindrical chambers of the European Court of Human Rights.

The EDQM - European pharmacopoeia

The EDQM - European pharmacopoeia

The building of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM) is located to the rear of the Agora. It was designed by architects from the Brussels-based Art & Build and Denu et Paradon of Strasbourg, and was inaugurated in March 2007. It houses laboratories, offices and meeting rooms that serve the organisation's expanding role in monitoring the quality of medicines in Europe and further afield.

The European Youth Centre

The European Youth Centre

The European Youth Centre of Strasbourg was designed by the Norwegian architects Lund and Slaatto. Since 1972, it has played host to tens of thousands of young people from all backgrounds. It is located in the Wacken district, and is an outstanding example of Scandinavian architecture.