Texture to be the beating heart of Biennale Interieur’s city programme

©Texture Museum of Flax and river Lys. View to North Bridge.

In addition to the 'main stage' of INTERIEUR 2016 at the exhibition halls in Kortrijk Xpo, the Texture site at the North Bridge will be the central venue for the city programme. This recently renovated site in Kortrijk lends itself well to offer international as well as local visitors an inspiring and surprising journey.

The site comprises first of all the Texture Museum building itself, a supreme architectural renovation in 2014 by Brussels-based noAarchitecten and a landmark alongside the river Lys. The site also features the industrial 'Vlaskaai' building as well as local bars and restaurants, the new Haven parking, and an interesting public space around and beneath the North Bridge. Finally, there is Sequence n°1 by top photographer Filip Dujardin, a construction displaying various archetypes from Belgian architecture. This variety of spaces and buildings allows for a full and wide-ranging city programme, which will take shape in the coming months. A selection of strong projects will be united on a compact site, building on the success of the previous editions in 2012 and 2014.

North Bridge, Sequence No.1 Filip Dujardin, Texture Museum

North Bridge, Sequence No. 1 by Filip Dujardin and Texture Museum of Flax and river Lys.

First highlights city programme

At Texture, visitors will discover the story of the linen and flax industry, a prime example of craftsmanship and enterprise, of flexibility and daring innovation. Also on display will be the Design Prize of the Province of West-Flanders which will showcase a futuristic installation with the spotlight on textiles.

The Club Design / Design Club project by creative agency Dift is a story of transformation: during the daytime a curated setting that will evolve from day to day, during the night a club like no other. Designregio Kortrijk together with their partners will present W/O16 – We are the next generation, an exhibition of work by a new generation of designers studying at Flemish educational institutions in the fields of architecture, product design and multimedia.

Finally, the programme will feature an Interieur Extra calendar for selected cultural events in the city of Kortrijk, and Voka West-Flanders will support a dedicated programme for students, combining a visit to the Biennale with instructive factory visits highlighting the regional manufacturing industry. The diverse programme of Biennale Interieur’s 25th edition promises a selective, compact and comprehensive Jubilee event.