At Atelier Drome, we love a great public space. Today, we’re
sharing one of our designer's favorite public spaces with you.
A newly built Market Hall in the town center has become an exceptional cornerstone of public life for the city of Ghent, Belgium. In the
1300s, Ghent was a bustling port city and one of the largest hubs in Europe.
Today the city is still marked by incredible architecture of the late Middle
Ages. In response to a 2006 design competition, architects Robbrecht &
Daem and Marie-José
Van Hee came up with a design to help
reinvigorate the town center and pay homage to its long history. Amidst the
Gothic architecture of St. Nicholas’ Church and the Belfry, the Market Hall of
Ghent gives compliment to the historic towers and local vernacular while
holding true to its own place in time. Physically, the structure is no more
than a canopy, yet it’s existence fills the void between the past and future,
and acts as both a backdrop and center point for a beloved public space. The Market Hall’s delicate glass shingles are noteworthy, which reflect the sky
and bring a certainly lightness to an otherwise monumental structure.
a small café and bicycle parking garage also help
complete the plaza.
If you’re ever in the area, Ghent is certainly worth a
visit. Check out the photos below to see how the Market Hall helps support
public space, and hop on over to ArchDaily to see more!