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.
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’.
A serene discussion on architectural and planning principles in a complex issue as this as large-scale project and on the unique urban location of the prison complex.
In Bruges many years there is debate about building in the historic center. Almost every inhabitant feels involved in what is happening to his city. This may be beautiful, but it sometimes is too emotional, too simplistic and too subjective.