State Archives  Ghent, Belgium, 2014

© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin

sketch

© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin

Program
Ghent State Archives

Client
Kairos NV

Location
Bagattenstraat 43, 9000 Ghent
Belgium

Date
2010 - 2014

Status
completed

Floor surface
10.777 sqm

Architects
Robbrecht en Daem architecten

Executive Architect
Arch & Teco Architecture & Planning

Collaborators 
Asli Cicek
Veronique Clarebout
Florence Daem
Kim Poorters
Johannes Robbrecht

Structural Engineering
B.CEC

Services Engineering
VK Engineering

Acoustics
Venac

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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.