WAALSE KROOK NEW MEDIA LIBRARY + CIVIC CENTER
Fall 2015 | Design Development Studio
Professors: Erik Churchill + Mark Mistur
Partners: Kenta Posey + Alex Rench
Located amid the historic city of Ghent and the flowing Waalse Krook Canal, the Urban Civic Center and Library creates a dialogue between the old and the new. The stacks constitute the spine for the dense historic city side whereas the open, living room flows along the canal, providing spaces for reading and gathering. The tension between opposing forces produces a torsion that can be read both from the interior and exterior. The fluid nature of the building allows visitors to accumulate from multiple directions to then redistribute vertically into and around the space.