Rubens Square Knokke, Belgium, 2004
City of Knokke
2000 - 2004
Robbrecht en Daem architecten
Groep Planning (Sum Project)
Rubens Square is slightly concave, which gives it a similarity to a skating ramp. The two long benches are screened off with a wall in hardened glass. People sitting there can look at the sea. The floor is a mosaic of maritime colours : blue, greygreen and white. The two small buildings at the entrances to the underground car park are clad with the same motif, and the Austrian artist Franz West has placed five-metre-high heads on top : they are primal and somewhat grotesque and are a playful counterpoint to the square itself.