Ever since the Middle Ages, the image of the Grote Markt in Ypres has been determined by the imposing belfry and the adjoining cloth halls. After the First World War left the West Flemish town in ruins, it was decided to completely reconstruct this iconic monument based upon historical plans. Today, the building techniques used at the time have revealed their shortcomings.
B-juxta, together with ARTER, was commissioned to carry out an in-depth restoration of this monument. The works include a number of major challenges such as a complete replacement of the internal concrete structures, a brand new wooden spire and a total façade cleaning. All of this should preserve the cloth halls and belfry – the Ypres icon par excellence – for many generations to come.