Gallery: Unfinished Belgian Bell Tower Sprouts a Solar Powered Twin


During the 14th century the city of Antwerp commissioned the construction of a new cathedral. Due to a failing budget, the city ran out of money and construction was brought to a halt. While the structure did meet functionality, it unfortunately lost one of the towers planned in its original design. This absence has left an overhanging sense of incompleteness to the building, but a competition called “Designing the Absent” is challenging designers to generate a new idea to fill this void. One entry that caught our attention is this beautiful design by Tim Hobbelman and Chris Idema that forgoes overwhelming Ghery curves and Meier starkness for an organic and self-sufficient solar powered eco tower.

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  1. Hobbelman May 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm
  2. MR April 4, 2010 at 10:33 am

    It looks like Malaysia’s KLCC Twin Tower,frankly…

  3. chrisidema March 19, 2010 at 8:48 am

    We will let you all know if we get in the top three, thank you for the publishment.

    Chris Idema and Tim Hobbelman

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