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“Bruges missed the 20th century but thanks to this building, the city entered the 21st century in architectural style!”

Concertgebouw Brugge
Ranked #71 of 153 things to do in Bruges
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

The Concertgebouw was designed by the architects Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem. Their design was short-listed in an international architecture competition in the run-up to ‘Brugge 2002, European Capital of Culture’.

End of the 20th century it was clear that the city of Bruges and the Province of West Flanders needed a larger cultural infrastructure to attract more international companies. At that very moment, locals who wanted to enjoy a classical concert had to leave Bruges and try their luck in Ghent, Brussels or Antwerp. ‘Brugge 2002’ was the perfect framework within which to propose this ambitious project and it also set a deadline for completion of the building work.

An international architecture competition was launched and the entries flooded in. A short-list was drawn up and the jury led by Gerard Mortier chose the design by two Ghent architects, Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem, from eight (anonymous) entries. Apart from the design’s aesthetic and functional appeal, the choice was based largely on the project’s acoustic guarantees.

When walking from the station towards the historic center, the red tiles will attract your attention. It's a lovely building, looking different from every corner. Both concert rooms are impressing and widely apreciated for their sound. From the top, the view on the city center is not to be missed. Great for making a panoramic picture of the Bruges skyline.

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