The water canal area is known for its rich industrial past and a number of light industries. In the early 1990s, at the same moment the industrial zone was living its last years, the Kredietbank, now the KBC Bank and Insurance, the largest 100% Belgian-owned financial group decided to build a new headquarters building while regrouping people previously located in several locations. The 10-storey 60,000-square-metre building provides office space organised around a series of low- and mid-rise landscaped atria and include a number of facilities such as restaurant and cafeteria, state-of-the-art auditorium and function rooms as well as rest areas.
The decision of the Kredietbank to settle in the former decaying industrial zone acted as a catalyst for the regeneration process of the whole area. A series of new buildings have been successfully completed along the canal since the completion of the Kredietbank two decades ago and Jaspers-Eyers Architects has been fortunate to be the architect of most of them.
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