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Competition launched to redesign Brussels' fritkots

20:37 17/07/2017

The City of Brussels has launched an architecture competition to rebuild and redesign eight of the city's fritkots.

Designers have until 17 October to submit their plans, which should reinforce the traditional chip stand's image as a key part of Brussels' identity.

The call for proposals was announced on Monday by the city's alderman for urbanism and heritage, Geoffroy Coomans de Brachène, and economic affairs alderwoman Marion Lemesre.

The competition aims to refresh the dilapidated look of some of the city's fritkots and create a uniform design that will be instantly recognisable. "A bit like the red London telephone box, we want to create an iconic piece of architecture based around this symbol of Belgian gastronomy," said Coomans de Brachène.

Lesmesre said: "The new fritkots will look more appealing and will be more easily identifiable. But also, staff will be able to carry out their job in a more comfortable setting, in a structure that is adapted to their needs."

The City of Brussels will pay for the construction work and will own the buildings, charging a monthly rent to the occupier, who must sign a charter guaranteeing the quality of the products sold, customer service and food hygiene.

The eight locations are Boulevard du Centenaire, Place de la Chapelle, Rue de Laeken (porte d’Anvers), Chaussée d’Anvers, Place Arthur Van Gehuchten, Place Peter Benoît, Rond-Point Charles De Meer and Rue de Verdun.

More information on the architecture competition can be found at