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Boekentoren, Ghent

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The Boekentoren, is a famous building located in Ghent, Belgium, designed by the Belgian architect Henry van de Velde. It is part of the Ghent University Library and currently houses 3 million books. The Boekentoren is directly adjacent to the Blandijn, the buildings of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy.HistoryIn 1933 the famous Flemish architect Henry van de Velde (1863–1957) was commissioned to design a building for the Library and the Institutes of Art History, Veterinarian Studies and Pharmaceutical sciences of the Ghent University (Universiteit Gent) on the premises of the former De Vreese Alley on the Blandijnberg. Situated on the highest ground in the city, the site offered the architect a unique opportunity to give to Ghent its fourth tower, not for the ringing of bells this time, but for books. With its height of, the book tower reaches out to the sky above Ghent alongside its (late) mediaeval predecessors to mark the city skyline and to put the university visibly on the map. Together with the 3 towers, the so called "Tower of Wisdom" helped Ghent realising the dream the town had since it hosted the World's Fair in 1913 of creating a "Parade of Towers". The famous three towers of the Middle Ages: the Saint-Nicolas Church, the Belfry and the Saint Bavo Cathedral and the modernist Booktower.
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  • This is a building/tower that is not at all to the imagination. The only plus point, when he was still accessible, is the beautiful views of Ghent that you get from the upper floor.
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  • Recently the book Tower fully experienced. This was probably a tour de force. Currently, the building on the outside in renovation which is also a feat. We are curious what it's going to be.
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  • Book Tower produces sad impression is totally integrated in the medieval city, and for the library building is not suitable. More like some huge elevator. Admire what
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  • Is grown.
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