The Belgian seaside resort town of Knokke-Heist required a renovation and transformation of their existing casino. The enhanced program intends to provide an iconic landmark and bolster the town’s stature and urban spaces. The Sail Hybrid design was inspired by the René Magritte mural, The Ship Which Tells the Story to the Mermaid, commissioned for the casino in 1953. The mural inspired a hybrid transformation of the casino into three architectures: an early-modern restored volumetric architecture (white restored, reprogrammed casino), a porous-bridge Hybrid Architecture (perforated congress hall), and a sail-like Planar Architecture (glass planes – hotel and apartment tower) to create a synergy of new functions. The new three-part hybrid transformation rebuilds one of Belgium’s great architect’s fine works, becoming a glowing new beacon on the Atlantic wall and interconnecting the ensemble of city buildings in Knokke-Heist.
Locally produced concreteGeothermal energy plan under parking garageHigh performance curtain wall to provide insulation and control solar gainRestoration and re-use of the original Stynen Casino eliminates waste, minimizes demolition, manufacture and energy consumption