One day, one night: the perfect timing for your INTERIEUR 2014 visit

Discover Kortrijk, find out where to stay and experience the unique atmosphere during the Biennale Interieur.


Travel to Kortrijk

Kortrijk is located in Belgium near the French border.

Click on the green circles for travel details to Kortrijk

Lille / 30 min

Train
In Lille Flandres you can take a direct train to Kortrijk.
In Kortrijk, bus 1/12/13/16 of "De Lijn" takes you straight from the bus stop in front of the railway station to Kortrijk Xpo.
Car
From Lille follow the A22(E17) direction Tourcoing and Kortrijk. Take exit 2 and follow the signs "Expo".


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Antwerp / 60 min

Train
Take a direct train from Antwerp to Kortrijk.
In Kortrijk, bus 1/12/13/16 of "De Lijn" takes you straight from the railway station to Kortrijk Xpo.
Car
Take the E17 direction Gent (Ghent) and Kortrijk. Take exit 2 and follow the signs "Expo".


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Brussels / 60 min

Train
Take a direct train from Brussels to Kortrijk.
In Kortrijk, bus 1/12/13/16 of "De Lijn" takes you straight from the bus stop in front of the railway station to Kortrijk Xpo.
Car
Take the E40 direction Gent (Ghent) and Oostende (Ostend). In Gent (Ghent) follow the E17 direction Kortrijk. Take exit 2 and follow the signs "Expo".
Brussels Airport (BRU)
From the airport you can take the train to Brussel-Zuid (Brussels South) and there change to the train to Kortrijk.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL)
At the airport take bus A to the train station of Charleroi-Sud, where you can take the train to Kortrijk.


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Amsterdam / 120 min

Train
Take the Thalys to Antwerpen-Centraal (Antwerp Central) and there you change to the direct train to Kortrijk.
In Kortrijk, bus 1/12/13/16 of “De Lijn" takes you straight from the bus stop in front of the railway station to Kortrijk Xpo
Car
Take the motorway to Antwerpen (Antwerp) and then take de E17 direction Gent (Ghent) and Kortrijk.
Take exit 2 and follow the signs "Expo".


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Paris / 120 min

TGV / train
Take the TGV to Lille Europe or Lille Flandres. In Lille Flandres (500m walking distance from Lille Europe) you can take a direct train to Kortrijk.
In Kortrijk, bus 1/12/13/16 of "De Lijn" takes you straight from the bus stop in front of the railway station to Kortrijk Xpo.
From Paris – Charles De Gaulle (CDG)
From the airport you can take the TGV to Lille Europe or Lille Flandres. In Lille Flandres (500m walking distance from Lille Europe) you can take a direct train to Kortrijk.
Car
Take the A1 direction Lille. In Lille follow the A22(E17) direction Tourcoing and Kortrijk. Take exit 2 and follow the signs "Expo".


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London / 150 min

Eurostar
Take the Eurostar from London (UK) to Lille Europe (FR). In Lille Flandres (500m walking distance from Lille Europe) you can take a direct train to Kortrijk.
In Kortrijk, bus 1/12/13/16 of "De Lijn" takes you straight from the bus stop in front of the railway station to Kortrijk Xpo.
Car
Take the motorway to Folkestone (UK) where you can take the Eurotunnel Shuttle to France via the Channel Tunnel. When leaving the tunnel take the A16 to Dunkerque and Veurne. When crossing the Belgian border take exit 1a Veurne. Then take the A19 to Kortrijk and follow the signs "Expo" via Kortrijk-Zuid (Kortrijk-South).


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Köln / 150 min

Train
Take the Thalys to Brussel-Zuid (Brussels-South) and there change to the train to Kortrijk.
In Kortrijk, bus 1/12/13/16 of "De Lijn" takes you straight from the bus stop in front of the railway station to Kortrijk Xpo.
Car
From Antwerpen (Antwerp), you take the E17 direction Gent (Ghent) and Kortrijk.

From Brussels , you take the E40 direction Gent (Ghent) and Oostende (Ostend). In Gent (Ghent) follow the E17 direction Kortrijk. Take exit 2 and follow the signs "Expo".


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Belgian public transports

Free shuttle service

The Biennale Interieur offers regular transfers between the train stations in Lille (France) and Brussels Airport (Belgium).

Reserve free shuttle

Sleep in Kortrijk

Kortrijk offers a diverse choice of quality hotels and comfortable lodging.
All hotels are centrally located at a short distance of the train station and the Biennale at the Buda Island.
A free daily shuttle service connects the selected hotels with the Xpo fairground.

Check availability at the selected Biennale Interieur hotels here:

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Mobility in Kortrijk

Kortrijk is a small pleasant city with 75.000 inhabitants. The city has a particular urbanism characterised by a more historical centre and a newer part 2 km further south from the centre with a lot of economic activities, international headquarters, an university and Kortrijk Xpo fairground.

From the bus stop in front of the train station bus 1, 12, 13 and 16 frequently connect the city centre of Kortrijk with Kortrijk Xpo. The Biennale Interieur runs a continuous free shuttle service together with Audi during the Biennale, bringing all visitors from and to Kortrijk Xpo and the Buda Island in the centre of Kortrijk.



Eat and meet in a convivial environment

Great Belgian food

Though french fries are well appreciated, Belgian food goes way beyond. Our chefs have developed a fantastic cuisine. Quality, innovation and diversity are the key and our reputation is well-deserved. During the Biennale Interieur visitors can meet and mingle in the Bistro Interieur (Advance booking recommended: +32 (0)478 70 95 40) or choose for a convivial gathering around selected Kortrijk design tables.

Belgian endive

It is grown in the absence of sunlight in order to prevent the leaves from turning green and opening up. The tender leaves are slightly bitter; the whiter the leaf, the less bitter the taste.

Brussels sprout

The Brussels sprout is a cultivar in the group of cabbages. The leafy green vegetable has a bitter taste.

French fries

French fries are batons of deep-fried potato and often served with mayonnaise.

Mussels

Mussels are crustaceans and are usually eaten with french fries in Belgium.

Chocolate

Both the chocolate bar and praline are inventions of the Belgian chocolate industry. Each year Belgium produces 220.000 tonnes of chocolate.

Waffles

Belgian restauranteur, Maurice Vermersch debuted his "Bel-Gem" waffles at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The name stuck and quickly morphed into the distinctly American concept of the "Belgian waffle".


Interieur Bistro

A temporary bistro for 2014 designed by the 8 Belgian Designers of the Year is the perfect environment for Belgian food enjoyed and experienced as it should be: with friends, with beers, with interesting and inspiring conversations.
Advance booking recommended: +32 (0)478 70 95 40
More info here

Design tables

A careful selection of Kortrijk restaurants that suggest not only a special Interieur lunch or dinner but also add simple, subtle and design minded flavours and elements.
More info here



To discover

Kortrijk

The Biennale Interieur takes place at the Kortrijk Xpo fairground and at the Buda Island in the historical city centre. Both are connected with a shuttle service in partnership with Audi.

The ride will bring you along to some of Kortrijk’s historical and architectural gems.

7 bridges overspan the Leie river in the heart of Kortrijk

The bridges were realised by several famous architects such as: Bureau Greisch / BEG / Technum, Sum Projects & Ingeneer Laurent Ney & Partners and Zwarts & Jansma Architects (NL).

Kortrijk Central Square - Studio Associato Bernardo Secchi & Paola Vigano

Central Square - Studio Associato Bernardo Secchi & Paola Vigano

The walls divide the open square in different spheres and functions. These walls connects the surrounding streets and can be used as benches and as a base for flower tubs, street furniture, ...

K Shopping Centre & Residence Kortrijk

K Shopping Centre & Residence Kortrijk - Robbrecht & Daem

The K Shopping Centre & Residence were developed from 2006-2010. The K is a 34,000 m² covered shopping centre with four floors, 80 apartments, bars and restaurants.

Twelve the co-working hub - Govaert & Vanhoutte

Twelve the co-working hub - Govaert & Vanhoutte

The building is an architectural eyecatcher. It is the result of co-working with regional partners. Twelve is a dynamic, sustainable and high-quality workspace for flexible working, meetings and seminars.

Crematory Uitzicht - Eduardo Souto de Moura & Sum Projects

Crematory Uitzicht - Eduardo Souto de Moura & Sum Projects

It looks like the building is sunk into the ground. The green roof is like a table in the landscape. Due to the location of the crematorium, the architects ensured that the view of the landscape is maintained and even strengthened.

The auditorium - Dehullu architects

The auditorium - Dehullu architects

This triangular auditorium is apart of a meeting centre that is situated on the site of the general hospital of AZ Groeninge in Kortrijk. It features a facade of upright bricks and a rounded corner that lifts off the ground. Because of the shape of the walls, it was the most logical way to place them. The brickwork is also left exposed inside and complemented by golden doors.


At short distances

Kortrijk is situated only 42 km southwest of Ghent, 55 km southeast of Bruges and 25 km northeast of Lille (FR).
While being in Kortrijk for Interieur, take the opportunity to discover one, two or all three of these cities.

Ghent

City Pavillion: Robbrecht & Daem / Marie-José Van Hee
The international jury of the biennial Belgian Prize for Architecture & Energy awarded the City Pavilion in Ghent the first prize in the Public Space category. Besides the building was also awarded the Architecture Prize.
Design museum Gent
Behind a charming 18th-century façade lurks a modern, airy building.
S.M.A.K.
Dynamic and highly individual. That’s Ghent and it also describes its museum of contemporary art.

Concert Hall: Robbrecht & Daem

Bruges

Concert Hall: Robbrecht & Daem
The Concert Hall is located in the centre of Bruges. Apart from the design’s aesthetic and functional appeal, the choice was based largely on the project’s acoustic guarantees.

Lille 3000/Passions Secrètes: Collections Privées Flamande from October 10, 2014 to January 11, 2015

Lille

Lille 3000/Passions Secrètes: Collections Privées Flamande from October 10, 2014 to January 11, 2015
During the Biennale Interieur, you might have a look at an exclusive exhibition about Flemish artists. More than 130 art works will be exposed including work of Michael Borremans, Louise Bourgeois, Jan Fabre, Panamarenko, Wim Delvoye... More details