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West 8 and Snoeck Win Competition to Redesign Het Zand Square in Bruges

The Bruges City Council has selected West 8 + Snoeck & Partners, in partnership with Atelier Roland-Jéol, as the winners of a competition to design the ‘t Zand, also known as Het Zand Square, in Bruges, Belgium.

The 8,500-square-meter historic square has remained unchanged for the past 30 years, and the Council felt that an update was duly needed. In January, five out of 20 designs were shortlisted, and on June 16, the winner was chosen at a presentation before a jury of City Council representatives and external experts.

House VVK / UR architects

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans Courtesy of UR architects

Films & Architecture: "In Bruges"

In the Belgian language “brug” means bridge, and it’s because of the amount of them in the European medieval city that it took its name. A ”fairy tale f***ing town” is how Harry (Ralph Fiennes), the foul-mouthed boss in In Bruges describes it. And indeed Bruges is a city full of fairy tale-like elements that weave through this crazy, sardonic, violent, and (in our opinion, awesomely) absurd movie.

Have you seen it? Do you know any other film fully linked to a specific city? Let us know in the comments below!

House Roces / Govaert & Vanhoutte architectuurburo

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde

  • Structural Engineering: Claeys Engineering Bvba
  • Contractor: Eddy De Mey Oostende
  • Client: Benny Govaert & Martine Neirynck

Renovation In Bruges / ROOM & ROOM

  • Architects: ROOM & ROOM
  • Location: Bruges, Belgium
  • Architects: ROOM & ROOM / Tom Vanhee
  • Area: 213.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Nina Mallants & Tom Vanhee

© Nina Mallants & Tom Vanhee © Nina Mallants & Tom Vanhee © Nina Mallants & Tom Vanhee © Nina Mallants & Tom Vanhee

Immo Dewaele Brugge / BURO Interior + Antoine Dugardyn

  • Architects: BURO Interior, Antoine Dugardyn
  • Location: Brugge, Belgium
  • Architects: Antoine Dugardyn & BURO Interior
  • Area: 710.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Kris Vandamme

© Kris Vandamme © Kris Vandamme © Kris Vandamme © Kris Vandamme

Grand Hotel Casselbergh Brugge / BURO II

  • Architects: BURO II
  • Location: Brugge, Belgium
  • Architecture: BURO II
  • Interiors: BURO Interior & Frederic Declercq
  • Area: 10207.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Kris Vandamme

© Kris Vandamme © Kris Vandamme © Kris Vandamme © Kris Vandamme