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.
What this period making so interesting is the fact that Van de Velde, as a more than sixty years old pioneer of the modern movement, sought affiliation with the new post-war generation of young modernist architects, without giving up his own artistic personality.
What was the situation in Antwerp at the time of modernism, and typically in the work of Leon Stijnen, Paul Smekens, W. Van Den Broeck, Van Averbeke, Van Steenbergen and others?
Belgian architecture was in the 20/30 years in the shadow of a stormy international movement. It was quieter, more subdued, perhaps more connected to tradition and less propagandistic.
Callebout built the timeless cedar house on the seafront in Zeebrugge. The oeuvre is always known as an honest, authentic architecture.
On October 10 the first Day of Architecture is organized in our country. We give attention to the architectural creation and its importance to our future environment.
Visiting recidences by architect Arthur De Geyter and gardens by landscape architect Paul De Roose in Sint-Andries, Zedelgem, Jabbeke, Marke, Aalbeke, Tiegem and Waregem.
Industrial buildings seems to be eminently a field of non-architecture. Nonetheless a company could give themselve a qualitative face with architecture.
The three case studies are dealing with creative restorations in which the designers were commissioned to restore a monument and at the same time to give a new function for which it has never served.
We look forward to an architecture without exclusives, without formalism, without complacency and uninhibitly approaches the existing without seeing ‘the ancient as a past and the new not as a promise’.
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