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Event Hall ‘Depart’ on the site Kortrijk Weide

Kortrijk, Belgium, Europe

Sector Culture
Client Stad Kortrijk, Grote Markt 54, 8500 Kortrijk, BE
Architect B-architecten nv, Borgerhoutsestraat 22 / 01, 2018 Antwerpen, BE
Intervention Construction and Renovation
Scope Study and following up MEP / EPBD reporting
GFA 2,000 m2
Project status completed
Study October 2014 - June 2015
Execution April 2016 - August 2017

Sustainable Features

reuse rainwater
reuse rainwater
water management
water management
heat recovery
heat recovery
passive cooling
passive cooling
Total technical installations cost:€ 776.792,06 VAT excluded
Total construction cost:€ 2.260.621,75 VAT excluded
K Level:14


Project description:

On the former Belgian National Railway Station (NMBS) site in Kortrijk, the city approved the development of a completely new district. Since the City of Kortrijk demographically is a relatively young city, the city wanted to provide facilities to enhance the lives of its young inhabitants.  For this reason a function hall was constructed for the purpose of hosting a party, reception, or other social/cultural events.  The main hall can be divided into two spaces.  On the first floor a large foyer area equipped with facilities to host a party.


The project is connected to a thermal heat network that is built into the site. This creates an efficient and sustainable method of heating the building. Several air handling units help ventilate the hall and cool passively to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.  These air handling units are equipped with a plate heat exchanger so that heat generated can be recovered. Rain water is harvested for the toilets to further reduce dependency on the city’s water supply.