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New Casino Design For Belgium

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 11th August 2005 10:45am
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Art, architecture, and gambling will soon come together on the Belgian Riviera to create one of Europe's new tourist hotspots. In July, New York-based Steven Holl Architects won a competition to restore and expand the Albert Place Casino in Knokke-Heist, a resort town on the North Sea. A René Magritte mural, The Ship Which Tells the Story to the Mermaid, provided the inspiration for the tripartite design, centering on a 20-story, 354-foot sail-like hotel and apartment tower. The existing early-Modernist casino, built in 1930 by famed Belgian architect Leon Stynen, will have its facade restored with a new curtain wall, and its interior modernized to create a grand entrance to the hotel. A convention center resembling a mermaid's tail will extend the complex inland.




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