The 5 most striking modern buildings Ghent

Stadshal

Emile Braunplein

 

Some local people call it the sheep shed. Others consider it a sublime modern building. The controversial Stadshal doesn't leave anyone indifferent. It was designed in 2012 by the partnership Robbrecht & Daem and Marie-José Van Hee to serve as a modern covered hall for concerts and events. It may have its critics, but it has won several architectural prizes for its daring design.

Stadshal - © Joram Van Holen
Stadshal - © Joram Van Holen

De Waalse Krook

Miriam Makebaplein 1

+32 (0)9 210 10 10

www.dekrook.be

A striking new library opened in the spring of 2017 on a bend in the River Leie. Designed by Coussée & Goris, the sleek black building is intended as a library for the digital age. It includes a ground floor café, riverside terrace and monumental staircase.

Waalse Krook - © Luster
Waalse Krook - © Luster

Faculty of economics building

Tweekerkenstraat 2

It's worth taking a look around this multilayered university building built by Xaveer De Geyter and Stéphane Beel. Constructed in 2006-10, the building occupies a sloping site where an old path once ran down to the river.

Faculty of Economics - © Stéphane Beel
Faculty of Economics - © Stéphane Beel

Tichelrei 100

Tichelrei 100

The Ghent architects De Vylder Vinck Taillieu built this contemporary house on an empty plot of land. It blends in with the rest of the street and yet brings something fresh to urban living.

New Zebra

Zebrastraat 32

www.zebrastraat.be

This striking project completed in 2013 incorporates a circular 19th-century workers' housing complex and a new building with a convex façade. The development includes apartments, a restaurant and an exhibition space.

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