De Krook Public Library, Ghent

De Krook Public Library, Ghent, Coussée & Goris architecten and RCR Arquitectes
De Krook Public Library, Ghent, Coussée & Goris architecten and RCR Arquitectes
De Krook Public Library, Ghent, Coussée & Goris architecten and RCR Arquitectes
De Krook Public Library, Ghent, Coussée & Goris architecten and RCR Arquitectes
De Krook Public Library, Ghent, Coussée & Goris architecten and RCR Arquitectes
De Krook Public Library, Ghent, Coussée & Goris architecten and RCR Arquitectes
De Krook Public Library, Ghent, Coussée & Goris architecten and RCR Arquitectes

De Krook is the City of Ghent’s public library, a building that is both isolated and yet integrated into the urban fabric. Despite its central position, it occupies a site that was all but inaccessible until the construction of the building and layout of the public space. The library is imposing yet finds its place within the surroundings. De Krook stands on a low bank in the bend of the River Muinkschelde, and the angles of the building follow the line of the water. Thanks to the new pedestrian bridges, access routes and passageways, the renovation of the ‘winter circus’ and renewal of the nearby buildings, the library has become a focal point in the city. It is a new pole and a ‘crowd-puller’. The is a building stacked in layers and thus makes reference to the former harbour and industrial activities on the river. The views, colours and lights of the city stream into the building. Large staircases and vertical voids across several floors break the pronounced horizontal thrust. De Krook unites the new public library and the Imec-Mict-Ugent centre for digital innovation in a single building. This sows the seed for a sort of ‘living laboratory’ for the city. The building’s metal structure is a visible presence at all points, with a level of finish that is extremely controlled and sober. De Krook is a major new component in an urban district with a high concentration of libraries, archives and museum collections.

Pieter Uyttenhove

This project is published in Flanders Architectural Review N°13. This Is a Mustard Factory

Architectenbureau: 

COUSSÉE & GORIS architecten
RCR Arquitectes

Ontwerpers: 

COUSSÉE & GORIS architecten
RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta arquitectes

Opdrachtgever: 

Waalse Krook

Taal: 

Engels

Straat: 

Miriam Makebaplein

Nummer: 

1

Postcode: 

9 000

Gemeente: 

Gent

Land: 

België

Oppervlakte: 

18 000 m²

Volume: 

73 158 m³

Totale bouwkost: 

35 851 422 €, excl. BTW

Studiebureaus: 

Stability: Mouton, Gent
Technologies: VK Engineering, Anderlecht
Acoustics: Raum + Akustik - Christina Niederstätter - Giovanni Dissegna, Blasco acoustic design & engineering

Hoofdaannemers: 

TV Antwerpse Bouwwerken, Antwerpen and Valens, Brussel (temporary partnership)

Corporate partners

Retail Estates

Cultural partners

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