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General information

  • Location address
    Main place Gooik
  • Location country
  • Year of construction
  • Name of the client/building owner
    Municipality of Gooik
  • Function of building
    Public spaces
  • Degree of enclosure
    Open structure
  • Climatic zone
    Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
  • Number of layers
  • Type of application of the membrane
  • Primary function of the tensile structure
    • Rain protection
    • Sun protection


It was the aim that this central location of Gooik should have again its prominent role in the life of the community: covering friends and families at weddings when accessing the church, allowing the emplacement and linking the individual market stalls during the annual market, sheltering the benches, designed for this location, to allow the villagers to sit and talk together… It was the aim of the architect Amandus Van Quaille to preserve the view from the church to the beautiful landscape in the west direction. By designing two similar canopies, one in front of the church and a larger one on the main place, the architect also created a beautiful perspective towards the church.

Both canopies have 4 high boundary points, supported by struts. The low points in between are tied down by two cables. In the larger canopy an eye-shaped opening is oriented to the west view. The material has been chosen for its high translucency.

Description of the environmental conditions

Material of the cover

  • Cable-net/Fabric/Hybrid/Foil
  • Material Fabric/Foil
    Hiraoka 212T-II E

Main dimensions and form

  • Covered surface (m2)

Duration of use

Involved companies