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Architects and studios: Paul Felix 1-5 / 5

Miscellaneous For a respectful, sustainable renovation and redevelopment of the municipal swimming pool in Ostend

On January 11, 2016 the Ostend city council decided to discontinue the ongoing bouwmeester- procedure for the renovation of the Ostend municipal pool. The pool complex (architects Paul Felix and Jan Tanghe, designed in 1967-71, built in 1972-76) was on the Flemish Inventory for Architectural Heritage, and was given a high locus value in Ostend plan Architectural Heritage. Archipel launched a petition for an adapted reuse.

Trip Along Flemish roads #02 /10/2017

In real pioneer style, we draw with camera, sketchbook and valies in the hand of Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Hageland, Haspengouw, Hasselt, Limburg and Antwerp Kempen to Antwerp or vice versa.

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.

Visit 50 years of architectural silence

Clarissenklooster, Oostende

One of the icons of postwar modernism in Flanders, and a highlight in the work of Ir. Architect Paul Felix (1913-1981), was opened exactly 50 years ago, to be subsequently closed (to the public).

Paul Felix

Paul Felix (°Ostend, December 8, 1913 – †Ostend, January 5, 1981) was a Belgian architect. He introduced a “sober and functional style ‘in Belgium.

Paul Felix, elder brother of lawyer, ships and painter Jan Felix, attended high school at the Notre Dame College in Ostend, and then graduated as an engineer-architect (1937) at the Catholic University of Leuven. He realized pretty quickly a first project: a school in Slijpe. In his early years he combined designing with teaching assignments in the Our Lady college and technical school in Ostend.

From 1945, he founded an own architectural firm. Gradually broke modernism in his designs. His style was characterized by a clear geometry and sober materials. With his achievements he made an important contribution to the modernism of the fifties in Belgium, especially in Catholic circles.

In 1952 he was extraordinary professor in 1958 and professor outside the architecture department of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the Catholic University of Leuven, where he introduced a radical restructuring of architectural education. He became a corresponding member (1962) and a working member (1965) of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.