YINJISPACE use media professional’s unique perspective,try to explore the essence of life behind the design works.

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YINJISPACE use media professional’s unique perspective,try to explore the essence of life behind the design works.

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Axel Vervoordt

Kanaal

       In 1999, Alex Vervoordt moved to new home known as Kanaal, located in Wijnegem, twenty minutes east of Antwerp. Originally built in 1857, the vast site was a former distillery and malting complex. The existing architecture included brick warehouses and concrete grain silos situated along the banks of the Albert Canal. The Kanaal’s initial development included installing the company’s offices and studios. This was quickly followed by the acquisition of permanent art installations, such as Anish Kapoor’s, At the Edge of the World. A plan was conceived to make Kanaal a cultural and residential center, a process that began in the early 2000s.
       Plans to transform the site relied on the original buildings’ character and history to give the whole area an authentic, new lease of life. This is a central trait of many of our projects. Dick Vervoordt led an ambitious plan to combine the efforts of three architectural teams — Bogdan & Van Broeck, Coussée & Goris, Stéphane Beel — along with landscape designer Michel Desvigne. Quality of life was a top priority and the plans were conceived to adapt the design from the inside outwards, converting old buildings into new living and working spaces.
       In 2017, construction was officially completed. The Kanaal is home to nearly 100 private apartments with public spaces, including a restaurant, surrounding courtyards, and gardens. Nature brings it all together. Meandering pathways and gardens connect new and old buildings to create an environment known as "a city in the country." Sharing the environment with residents, businesses, and visitors, the company added workshops, studios, an auditorium, as well as permanent art installations and temporary exhibition spaces for the Axel Vervoordt Gallery. Kanaal is a dream that took years to realise. Looking back, you can see connections to the Vlaeykensgang and castle — building a bridge from history to the future. The Kanaal is writing its own story. It’s center for art with a life that’s evolving. Axel Vervoordt

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