PRISON H7

PRISON H7

Prison H7 was the jail block of a military barracks in a large Belgian city. The buildings were erected in eclectic style between 1890 and 1905, based on a design by the architects de Noyette and Geerling. All in all, the barracks occupy an area of ​​more than 5 acres and could house around 1300 soldiers. On October 1, 1907 the 2nd Line Regiment moved into the barracks. During the two world wars, the barracks were occupied by German troops. After the liberation, the 2nd Line Regiment did not return to its barracks. From 1955 the barracks were manned by the Center of the Health Service. The training center provided the training for the officers of the Health Service. Following the restructuring of the armed forces, a number of buildings were sold to the city, which housed the Higher Institute of Fine Arts there since 2007 (hence the statues). Other parts of the barracks are still owned by the Belgian army. Mid-March 2019 the reconversion work started to turn the barracks into a sustainable urban neighborhood where living, working and recreation meet.


PRISON H7

PRISON H7

Prison H7 was the jail block of a military barracks in a large Belgian city. The buildings were erected in eclectic style between 1890 and 1905, based on a design by the architects de Noyette and Geerling. All in all, the barracks occupy an area of ​​more than 5 acres and could house around 1300 soldiers. On October 1, 1907 the 2nd Line Regiment moved into the barracks. During the two world wars, the barracks were occupied by German troops. After the liberation, the 2nd Line Regiment did not return to its barracks. From 1955 the barracks were manned by the Center of the Health Service. The training center provided the training for the officers of the Health Service. Following the restructuring of the armed forces, a number of buildings were sold to the city, which housed the Higher Institute of Fine Arts there since 2007 (hence the statues). Other parts of the barracks are still owned by the Belgian army. Mid-March 2019 the reconversion work started to turn the barracks into a sustainable urban neighborhood where living, working and recreation meet.


PETE’S ACADEMY

PETE’S ACADEMY

I am usually not a big fan of graffiti, but sometimes it’s good to make an exception. Pete One is a well known name in Belgian urban explorer circles. His works are found in several abandoned places in the western part of Belgium and the north of France. I already posted “Pete’s Hotel” and “Petite Echelle” on earlier occasions. This one, Pete’s Academy, is a former elementary school that contains some typical Pete One artworks. As per usual he found his inspiration in American pop culture, with among others images of Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell and also one well known resident of Elm Street… 


PETE’S ACADEMY

PETE’S ACADEMY

I am usually not a big fan of graffiti, but sometimes it’s good to make an exception. Pete One is a well known name in Belgian urban explorer circles. His works are found in several abandoned places in the western part of Belgium and the north of France. I already posted “Pete’s Hotel” and “Petite Echelle” on earlier occasions. This one, Pete’s Academy, is a former elementary school that contains some typical Pete One artworks. As per usual he found his inspiration in American pop culture, with among others images of Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell and also one well known resident of Elm Street… 


USINE GONZO

USINE GONZO

Usine Gonzo is part of a traditional flax mill. The retting mill was founded at the end of the 19th century and was systematically expanded to the current site. The entire site is considered a valuable heritage, not only because of its strategic location, but also because it is one of the best preserved rettings of its kind. There are typical root pits, the steam engines with annexed chimney and a few flax barns. The engine room includes steam boilers and an exceptional steam engine, the only one of its kind to be found in Belgium. The boilers were fired with “shives”, the woody cores of the flax stalks that were separated from the flax fibers during the production process. As a result, the heating costs could almost be reduced to zero. This fuel was also used in this retting mill until the late 1970s. At the end of the 1970s the company fell into disuse. Still it would take more than 25 years before the whole was protected as an industrial heritage.


USINE GONZO

USINE GONZO

Usine Gonzo is part of a traditional flax mill. The retting mill was founded at the end of the 19th century and was systematically expanded to the current site. The entire site is considered a valuable heritage, not only because of its strategic location, but also because it is one of the best preserved rettings of its kind. There are typical root pits, the steam engines with annexed chimney and a few flax barns. The engine room includes steam boilers and an exceptional steam engine, the only one of its kind to be found in Belgium. The boilers were fired with “shives”, the woody cores of the flax stalks that were separated from the flax fibers during the production process. As a result, the heating costs could almost be reduced to zero. This fuel was also used in this retting mill until the late 1970s. At the end of the 1970s the company fell into disuse. Still it would take more than 25 years before the whole was protected as an industrial heritage.


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