Architect who restored Vlerick campus in Ghent honoured posthumously

Two years after his death, the Ghent-born architect Romain Berteloot (1946-2011) is to be honoured with a walking and cycling trail along forty-four of his most important projects. The route also passes by the Vlerick Business School campus in Ghent, which was designed by Berteloot in collaboration with the Brussels-based architect’s firm BURO II & ARCHI+I. The project was completed in 2003.

Romain Berteloot was one of the main Flemish renovation and restoration architects of the past 35 years. He established his architect’s practice in Ghent and many of his projects were built in this city and the surrounding region. In fact, he even partly shaped the Ghent cityscape with his designs.

The Vlerick Business School campus in Ghent is an excellent example of his work. This neo-Gothic building is located in the centre of Ghent and dates back to the early twentieth century. Before the restoration works it served as a bishops’ seminary. The internal courtyard was excavated to build a new underground floor that now houses the reception area, the lounge and several small meeting rooms. Consequently the other wings of the building were left largely untouched during the renovations.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Both ‘Ro routes’ booklets contain descriptions of each project as well as additional information.

  • Booklet no. 1 takes you on a walk along twenty-two buildings in the city centre, including the Vlerick Business School campus, Vooruit Arts Centre, the Van Eyck pool, the pharmacy in Sint-Pietersplein and the building of the socialist health insurance Bond Moyson in Vrijdagmarkt.
  • Booklet no. 2 contains a cycling trail along twenty-two renovated and restored buildings in the outskirts of Ghent and outside the city.

The booklets can be purchased in the Ghent city museum (STAM), the Ghent City Shop and Vooruit for €2 each.

 

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