The city of Ghent revealed the design for the City Office of Ghent. Kraaijvanger Architects together with SAR architects are to design the project. “Their project was selected thanks to their thoughtful and clear urban design and architectural choices, for the strong vision on sustainability, mobility and the new way of working”, says Martine De Regge, SCHEPEN of Facility Management of the City of Ghent. The municipal library and the administrative center will be incorporated in one building.
Kraaijvanger was founded in 1927 by two brothers, Evert en Herman Kraaijvanger. They were following in the footsteps of their father, the contractor and architect B.T. Kraaijvanger, who had established a carpentry workshop in 1896. The spirit of the first generation of the family is still alive and well in the company - we don't waste time on vague, philosophical dreams; but we have a carpenter's work ethic and focus on materials and precision detailing.
It's this attitude that has kept us going strong as a company for more than 90 years and countless changes. This company was founded in a carpentry workshop, saw massive growth during the post-World-War-II reconstruction period, and was the subject of dispute during the rise of protest architecture. It came back even more commercially strong with the revival of corporate architecture under Rob Ligtvoet, and now, like so many other companies in the current crisis, we have trimmed down and gone back to the basics.
We are developing a different profile and placing increasing focus on socially relevant architecture - on environments that move people. More and more, Kraaijvanger is designing public buildings, public spaces, and urban districts.