The former De Smet-De Jaegere textile factory was transformed into a creative venue. The Buda Factory (Budafabriek) is the 'factory of the future', where designers, artists, students and entrepreneurs come together. The Flemish Government Architect Peter Swinnen took charge of the old building. A pentagonal section was added along the streetside to make the building more visible. The Buda Factory is the final piece in the Buda Island urban renewal project, which received international acclaim. Together with the Town Hall in Ghent, the Buda Factory was the only Belgian creation included in the final selection of the 'Mies van de Rohe Award 2013', the official European Union architectural prize. The Buda Factory is also included in the catalogue, and is part of the travelling exhibition presented in different European citie
The old Tack brewing tower was converted into a production company for the arts. Architects Stéphane Beel and Lieven Achtergael decided to encase the vertical section in a glass shell. This section was fitted with stairs and a lift. The original construction and the tower's character were retained as much as possible. The tower's silhouette is still visible behind the glass component.
The skate bowl in Kortrijk is the very first skate bowl park in Belgium worthy of the name and involved the quest to find the best possible skateboarding facility. The skate bowl was created by the American firm Team Pain, the most respected bowl constructors in the world. The 850 m2 concrete surface forms a rolling landscape for skateboarders and roller bladers. The skate bowl is incorporated in the park's design in such a way that it forms one of the terraces. Local residents often gaze in awe at the stunts performed by the youngsters.
You use flax every day, probably without knowing it and at places you would not expect it. Designers, scientists and entrepreneurs leave no part of it unused. Discover, try, feel and test it all in the Wonderkamer room. The Leiekamer brings to life the story of flax processing in the Leie region. This story is one of mixed fortunes, of people who without outside assistance repeatedly found the resilience to overcome major crises. It’s a fascinating history with thinkers, darers and doers in the leading role. Beneath the golden crown you will find the Schatkamer. This is the place to marvel at the beautiful damasks, laces, handwork and fine fabrics that enrich this exceptional textile collection.
The Doorniksewijk Tunnel
The tunnel was created by SumProject. Constructing the cycling and walking paths at a level that is higher than the road results in a gentler incline and affords cyclists and walkers a permanent view. All the passages are covered as little as possible so that daylight gives users a feeling of safety. The walls are covered with bluestone and thus the tunnel blends in perfectly with the choice of materials used in the renovated city centre.
Hoog Kortrijk cemetery and Uitzicht crematorium
Due to its location on the outskirts of the city the graveyard does not look like a traditional urban churchyard with narrow paths and graves, stones and trees, but like a park that flows seamlessly into the green landscape. The Italian urban architect Bernardo Secchi allows the cemetery to roll out like a carpet, in which the ceremony building is buried in the slope and twelve level areas or burial fields that closely follow the lay of the land. Besides the terraces a small orchard has been planted on a wide gravel strip between which stand simple freestone columbaria. In the valley a lawn serves as a meadow for scattering ashes.
The crematorium is a design by the architects team Souto de Moura and SumProjects. The building is sunk into the ground and the green roof forms a table in the landscape. Souto de Moura also designed the furniture and the signage.
There is a piece of land on the outskirts of Kortrijk spanning 14 hectares that is to house Kortrijk's merged hospital's new campus. This location is connected to the Groene Gordel (green ring) around the city. The new hospital provides 1,000 beds and is a merger of four existing hospitals in Kortrijk. This means it is an enormous building, designed in such a way that one does not have an overview of the total size of the building at any given time. The entire complex is built around a series of large inner gardens from 20 to 60 metres that will be bordered by buildings. Each inner garden with its surrounding buildings forms a separate block. All the wings are the same width and the whole complex has the same composition. The architects responsible are the Austrians Baumschlager & Eberle, and the Belgian FDA (now Osar architects).
Interieur' is an international fair for contemporary design, which was organised for the first time in 1968. The fair is held at Kortrijk Xpo in October every other year (2014, 2016 etc.). During the biennale, designers and manufacturers unveil their new products to the professional and general public. Many other activities are organised alongside the fair such as the 'Design for Europe' competition and 'Design at Work'. World famous designers have been invited as guests of honour including Jean Prouvé, Philippe Starck and Muller Van Severen. The fair attracts at least 90,000 visitors to Kortrijk Xpo and 25,000 visitors to activities in the city centre.
Every two years, 'DesignX50', an initiative of Designregio Kortrijk, selects fifty innovative products and outstanding cases that have been developed in the broad region around Kortrijk from where they are often marketed on a global scale. All the products are presented in a book. There are now four editions, and each one strives for an appealing presentation. An expert panel, led by top designer Stefan Schöning, makes a well-considered selection from a wide range of quality submissions.
During the Interiors fair, Kortrijk becomes the unrivalled epicentre of creativity in Flanders. Kortrijk Design Week is not just the largest exhibition of design students' final year projects but also the ultimate platform where design education, the business community and the general public meet and inspire each other. What started out as an exciting route through the city centre is now a groundbreaking event incorporating exhibitions, lectures, design fairs, networking opportunities and workshops.