Currently under construction right below the Opera building in Antwerp: a new subway station:
Last year, some of my pictures of the Vitra campus were featured in the vitra special of Magazine B, a brand documentary magazine from Korea.
The last picture that was presented was Frank Gehry’s Vitra’s Design Museum:
This video gives a short presentation of B magazine and the Vitra campus:
When I visited the Canary Islands last week, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a lovely example of Santiago Calatrava’s architecture: the Auditorio de Tenerife “Adan Martin” in Santa Cruz. The Auditorio is a concert hall and home to the Orquesta … Continue reading
In 1935 Henry van de Velde finished his designs for the Boekentoren (Book Tower) of Ghent, beacon in the skyline of Ghent. If all goes well, this tower should be restored in it’s original state by 2019.
Henry van de Velde designed the tower, which was completed in 1939, with the supporting knowhow of Gustave Magnel and Jean-Norbert Cloquet, both professors at the University of Ghent. It was declared a protected monument in 1992. Situated on the highest ground in the city, the tower would act as a beacon, a symbol of the university, of science, wisdom and knowledge. It was Ghent’s fourth tower.
I was lucky to visit the tower in 2009, just before renovations would start. This elaborate renovation was set in motion by Andre Singer, after he acquired Henry van de Velde’s plans for the tower in 2002.Renovations are lead by Robbrecht and Daem, supported by Barbara Van der wee, Sum Projects, Diadalos Peutz, Bureau d’Etudes Greisch and VK Engineering.
The building in reinforced concrete is 64 metres high, has four storeys in the basement, twenty above ground level. The belvedère on top is breathtaking. The setting was perfectly used in this presentation from A.F. Vandevorst, featuring Lisbeth Gruwez:
The restoration started on March 2012 and has 5 phases:
Like a true modernist architect, Henry van de Velde designed every possible detail for the interior: furniture, window frames, floor patterns. My impressions of the building:
This renovation is truely a renovation 2.0 project, you can find small features on vimeo. Be sure to watch the first episode:
And mark 2020 in your calendar for a visit to the newly restored tower!
Rozier 9, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
… a little patience and a ticket to Florida in 2017 will take you up in the sky and down and awaaaaaaaaaay!