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De Krook: a new cultural hotspot

13 Mar 2017© Karin Borghouts

De Krook officially opened its doors with a weekend packed full of performances and workshops. Residents, students and visitors had a chance to admire this fantastic building in detail for the first time. But what exactly is De Krook?

At the end of January, a human chain transferred the books from the old library on the Woodrow Wilsonplein to their new home in De Krook. Last weekend, this imposing building was officially opened to the public with a three day experience and celebration. It’s clear straight away that De Krook is more than just a library.

This architectural work of art is a unique meeting place for residents, students and visitors. As well as connecting people, the building links the Historic Centre with the Art Quarter. You can meet other people there, discover culture, enjoy a quiet drink or even try out innovations and technologies like 3D printing and virtual reality for yourself.

A wonderful piece of architecture
The impressive main building was designed by the Ghent architecture firm Coussée & Goris Architecten and their partner TV RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes. This Spanish architecture firm also won the Pritzker Prize this year, the highest international distinction for architecture!
Various institutions will work together and offer services at the site. They are known collectively as ‘the inhabitants of De Krook’. In addition to the city library, Imec (the Flemish research centre for nanoelectronics and digital technologies) and UGent will be housed at De Krook.
If you like architecture, make sure to take a look at our Modern Architecture in Ghent page.

© Karin Borghouts