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Architects and studios: Huib Hoste 1-4 / 4

Trip Along Flemish roads # 01 /05/2017

West & Oost-Vlaanderen +West- Vlaams-Brabant,

This spring we’re off on a journey, not on an exotic destination like Chandigarh or Naoshima, but to the Flemish hinterland where the names of the hamlets vaguely sounds familiar and where cyclists tracks are guiding us.

Lecture by Francis Strauven

CC De Grote Post (voormalig PTT gebouw), Oostende

Modernism versus traditionalism in the Belgian architecture. Especially on the coastline of Belgium.

Lecture by Luc Verpoest

't Leerhuys, Brugge

Van de Velde: Three late projects, namely the Belgian pavilions at the world exhibitions in Paris, New York and the Technical School in Leuven. This “silent” modernist work of Van de Velde inspired Huib Hoste.

Visit citywalk with Patrick Arnou

wijk Kristus-Koning, Brugge

Bruges is not necessarily known as a city with a valuable interwar-architecture … Wrong. The district Kristus-Koning includes a remarkable collection of interesting contributions to the ‘Silent’ Modernism.

Huib Hoste

Huib Hoste (°Bruges, February 6, 1881 – †Hove, August 18, 1957) was a Belgian architect, designer and urban planner.

Hoste studied in Ghent. He was a trainee at the architect Charles De Wulf and Louis Cloquet. After the outbreak of the First World War, he fled with his family to the neutral Netherlands, where he had previously traveled. He got to know the work of Hendrik Petrus Berlage and met with architects Van ‘t Hoff, Wils, Old, Kramer and De Klerk, and artists like Mondrian and Van Doesburg. By letter contact with Van Doesburg and his friendship with Louis van der Swaelmen and Raphael Verwilghen he became convinced of the need for modern architecture.

In 1928 Hoste joined the Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM), an organization promoting functional architecture and urbanism. As editor of Building, he participated in the lively discussion on the development of the left bank of Antwerp. He proposed a major residential town for workers. After World War II he and art critic KN Elno the magazine space, that from 1953 to 1956 and appeared solid contributions brought about architecture, urban planning and design.