Brussels keeps getting cooler by the minute-and one blatant example of this is the recent opening of Kanal – Centre Pompidou. The Brussels’ canal area is in transformation, where industrial spaces & factories are transformed into stylish flats and recreational spaces. It’s very industrial chic, which is exactly what Kanal is.
Located in a former Citroën garage, Kanal – Centre Pompidou is currently in its first phase; “Kanal Brut”. Contemporary art exhibitions are featured across the warehouse, which visitors can enjoy submerged in the raw architecture of this iconic building. Performing shows are also held. The garage has yet to be renovated but once the brut/experimental phase is over, renovations will be made and the Centre will permanently host a (Pompidou) modern & contemporary art museum, the Brussels Architecture Center CIVA, and multiple public spaces dedicated to artistic endeavors, becoming one of Brussels’ main cultural hubs.
I love this project. Kanal – Centre Pompidou is so cool. It’s huge, has strange art, great city views, it’s part of the dynamic revamping of the canal area, architecturally interesting & part of Brussels’ history. But I must admit: one of my favorite things about the center is the food court. The city’s first street food market (yeah!) has lots of space so it’s never too crowded and has good, though limited, food options such as ÖTAP‘s Wild food truck. After your visit to the warehouse, grab a drink, a snack, a seat overlooking the canal, and enjoy the passing boats. Now that’s my kind of weekend.