The project "green ribbon" refers to a recreation area around
the city of Kortrijk. The city of Kortrijk intended to realize as
part of the project a "living environment" visitor centre. In
relation to the "Green ribbon project" the municipality service of
environment acquired a piece of land belonging to an ancient waste
In this area the exhibition building was realized: a pavilion
with an attractive shape.
Purpose of the pavilion
The purpose of the pavilion is to provide the inhabitants of
Kortrijk, as well as tourists, information about their living
environment. Our environment is strongly influenced by people.
Fortunately nature recieves a new chance in municipality's plans
called "the new nature".
The pavilion will be used as exhibition/presentation space. The
opening of the "green ribbon"around Kortrijk is a "quiet"
recreation project with cycle and hiking trails. The theme of the
whole project is "reintroduction of nature" and involves providing
information about nature and the environment.
In this concept it was decided to develop a pavilion with the
shape of an amphibie or an insect. The idea behind is that simplier
animals are of main importance for the existance of upper classes
in an ecosystem. The lower classes return quickly into the "new"
nature. Objective of the shape to be chosen was a clear relation
with the theme: the city of Kortrijk and it's (natural)
The construction of the pavilion is an unusual "organic" tent
shape, recognizable for everyone. A dragonfly model was chosen. The
dragonfly is an insect threatened by extinction. Trough the
reintroduction of water ponds and belonging vegetation there is a
big chance that the dragonflies will survive. This can be seen as a
reintroduction or a recovery of an ecosystem. The dragonflies are
dependent on water for their reproduction. This is where the female
lays down her eggs which transform into larva's. A dragonfly is a
real predator eating small wateranimals and the larva's of frogs.
This is why dragonflies and water are strongly related.
Project data :
||Gemeente Kortrijk, België
|Design/ Concept / Project
|Design / Engineering
||Tentech BV, Delft
|Membrane and steel
||Buitink Technology, Duiven
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