Park Atlantis

When built in 1967, the Habitat 67 project (a community and housing complex in Montreal, Canada) influenced and inspired a new wave of architectural structures around the world. One of those examples can be found at the Belgian seaside: Park Atlantis. Situated in the historical coastal village of De Haan, this impressive building still knows how to turn heads 40 years after construction!

Built in 1969, these holiday houses are smartly engineered as stackable honeycomb units with an amazing view on the dunes and sea. Within the idea of  the Brutalist movement, Park Atlantis consists out of prefabricated raw concrete modules. The two existing buildings look as if they were the beginning of something much bigger: serial construction of holiday housing.

Where this kind of architecture would normally rip apart the urban tissue, here the grandness of the seaside and dunes give the concept a chance of viability. Although titled Park Atlantis, this construction wasn't destined to be doomed as an architectural utopia, instead it shows how Brutalist architecture can thrive within the correct context!

Funny fact: the architecture office who build this, Jaminin Associés from Liège, is nowhere to be found back. It seems like they've only build this master piece and evaporated afterwards. There are no written texts about them and architecture experts have no idea on what they constructed otherwise.... A real Atlantis mystery!

pictures by http://www.flickr.com/photos/385

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