Antwerp Maritime Academy – School in the bend of the Scheldt

Antwerp Maritime Academy

Josse Van Kriekinge & son Maurice

Antwerp, Noordkasteel-Oost 6

1929-33

Antwerp Maritime Academy

In the north of Antwerp, beyond the Port House, there is a college. It is not well known, but it is certainly worth the effort to pass by. It is a monumental building and another plus: you have a beautiful view of the city skyline … In this place officers are trained in the smallest college in Flanders.

University

Two courses are organized: a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering and a master’s degree in nautical sciences. In this Master’s program not only scientific subjects are taught, but also languages, law and medicine. Afterwards graduates must gain sea experience for a number of months.

School

As a port city, Antwerp already had  a school for maritime education in the 14th century. A few centuries later, in 1802, Napoleon established a new school. Partly because he saw Antwerp as a base for conquering England. 

Shipbuilding

A national prize camp was organized in 1929 for the design of a new school, which was won by Josse Van Kriekinge and son Maurice. The building refers to ships with the rounded west façade and the roof terrace. On the top floor there was a dormitory in the beginning. The entrance hall is very photogenic and well preserved. There are various original wall paintings to be admired by marine painters. Father and son Van Kriekinge also designed Dendermonde station together in the 1940s.

Expansion

The Atelier Kempe Thill (Rotterdam) and aNNo architecten (Ghent) recently won the competition for the expansion of the Higher Maritime School. Extensions from the 1950s of the modernist building will be demolished and the original building restored and modernized. A completely new building of more than 7000 m² will be built on the north side. This will include large auditoriums, a catering location, a library and technical classrooms with new simulators.

New building

A half-raised square of 100 by 100 meters with an unobstructed view of the surrounding landscape will be laid between the modernist building and the new. This also includes auditoriums and a restaurant, among other things. This part can also be used by the Antwerp shipping sector. Estimated total cost for the project: 25.2 million euros. Photos of the old building and plans for the restoration and expansion can be found on the site of aNNo architects.

Antwerp Maritime Academy

 

Josse Van Kriekinge and son Maurice

Antwerp, Noordkasteel-Oost 6

1929-33

This article first appeared on my other site about architecture in and around Antwerp: archiplore.

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