A visit to Hamburg is a walk through the architectural history of the last 150 years. Here, few architecture that is older survived the storms; fire, epidemics, economic revolutions, war… Her population always scrambled back up, adapting the city to the new reality. Pulling down and building up, moving streets or if necessary entire neighbourhoods, cleaning up the debris, dreaming of a new city most beautiful.
Dutch architectural firm KAAN is renovating the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. We visit the site and listen to a lecture about their own work.
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.
The cemetery Heimolen in Sint-Niklaas proves that neutrality may also be staggering. The two buildings – the reception building and crematorium, interconnected through the landscape – bear the stamp of the architectural language developed by the designers for nearly twenty years.