Knokke-Heist launches competition for Casino renovation
Knokke-Heist is the proud owner of its very own casino, built in 1929 and designed by the architect Léon Stynen. Thanks in part to the frescoes by René Magritte, this building is considered a true cultural monument. However, partly due to its outdated infrastructure, it is no longer able to provide or accommodate the desired all-round, high-quality experience. The municipal council of Knokke-Heist is therefore inviting national and international architectural firms to put themselves forward to give this site a complete overhaul.
This assignment requires a multifaceted approach, whereby any reconstruction or restoration should respect Stynen's original design. That being said, there is certainly sufficient scope for high-quality, contemporary architectural interventions. The casino's entire surroundings also form an integral part of the brief. The aim is to create a new beacon for the municipality, giving it a new dimension for the next hundred years while restoring the allure of yesteryear.
Ambitions are high. Afterall, it is the duty of a municipal government to look ahead.