buda beach, kortrijk
The place where Buda Beach is situated is the result of diverting the river Leie and extending the south embankment at the tip of the island of Buda, at the edge of the historic centre of the city of Kortrijk.
Unlike the continuity envisaged for the north embankment, where the Diksmuidekaai operation emphasizes the connective nature of this axis, the south bank is seen as a series of episodes with different formal and functional characteristics to serve the adjoining urban fabric.
Buda Beach is designed as a landscaped leisure area, in keeping with the interventions in Koning Albertpark, that will provide a springboard for the footbridge linking the two sides of the river and transform into a riverside beach in the summer with the construction of a temporary sandbank.
It is laid out as an undulating area, with great green slopes down from Ijzerkaai to the riverbank. Tamped paths of dolomite sand run between them, linking the urban axes on the island to the riverbanks and a large recreation area.
At the point where the Ijzerkaai bridge meets the start of the pedestrian bridge, a platform is created, incorporating the difference in level and a pre-existing structure. This small building houses the bar and public restrooms for the new beach on the island of Buda.