State Archives Ghent, Belgium, 2014
Ghent State Archives
Bagattenstraat 43, 9000 Ghent
2010 - 2014
Robbrecht en Daem architecten
Arch & Teco Architecture & Planning
The new volume is meticulously matched to the scale of the surrounding buildings. This sturdy corner building keeps to the pattern of the street onto which it fronts, while the volume behind adheres to the cornice height of the surrounding streets and alleys. The glazed entrance is extended into a continuous transparent horizontal band that wraps around the building. Part of the archive is housed underground. This makes space available for a small public square at the back, in the midst of this dense 19th-century urban setting.