Ghent's municipal Service for Heritage and Architecture recently launched a book dedicated to 700 years of shopping history in the city.
In chapter 5 'Shopping architecture in Ghent. Development of shops since 1980' co-author Marc Dubois describes the evolution of the 'Kouter' square stating that the development on the 'Kouter' is particularly interesting as an urban intervention to connect the 'Veldstraat' and the 'Brabantdam'. In this spirit our project 'CG Kouter' is a good example of this development with its shift from financial activities ('ING bank') towards a mixed use with retail and housing.
‘Sevens lederwaren’, a smaller shop designed by 'Groep Planning'/Paul Lievevrouw, is also mentioned in this publication.