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Patria, Kortrijk, Belgium

Patria, Kortrijk, BelgiumPatria, Kortrijk, Belgium

Architect Tom Adins, of Adins - Van Looveren Architecten, summarises his approach to designing contemporary interventions with brass facades for a historic building on the ‘Grote Markt’ main square of Kortrijk, Belgium.

The Patria dates back to the 14th century but only traces of original medieval vaults remain from then. Following a devastating fire in the 18th century, the remainder was rebuilt as a classical city Palace. Further changes were made in the 20th century, resulting in a complex structure requiring rationalisation in our design. And at the same time, the historic part of the complex needed careful restoration as a protected monument.

BUILDING TRANSFORMATION

The building complex has now been transformed into 6 luxury apartments, a corner house and a ground floor commercial space. In the design, historic character was always considered but there was also room for complete new parts like a remarkable copper alloy facade. To accentuate the new architecture we chose brass, alongside white render forming a transition between the old and the new. Although brass is a traditional material – and reflects the copper used on ancient churches in the nearby area – here it is used in a contemporary way. Over time, the brass will become matt and will change beautifully. The existing, classical facade was restored and fully painted white, and architectural LED lighting enhances the facades in a subtle way.

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Building

Country: 
Belgium
Zip code: 
8500
City: 
Kortrijk
Street: 
Grote Markt
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Brass
Estate: 
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Architect

Name, office: 
Aldins - Van Looveren

Copper contractors

Title: 
Demeestere Schrijnwerken

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