5th June 2013
Gent (Ghent) railway station was built to accommodate the visitors to the Gent (Ghent) World Exhibition of 1913.
The architect was Louis Cloquet. The station is in an eclectic style which includes archetypal Arts and Crafts elements reminiscent of medieval castles and abbey corridors with elements of orientalism. The lunette designs refer to the other major Belgian cities.
As a student, Louis Cloquet came into contact with the Belgian Gothic Revival movement, centred on Jean-Baptiste Bethune (who was a friend of Pugin’s). Cloquet was one of a group of artists such as Gustave Serrurier-Bovy (1858 – 1910),architect and furniture designer, who was influenced by the work of William Morris and the Arts and Crafs movement.