De Grote Post was built from 1946 to 1953 by acclaimed modernist architect Gaston Eysselinck. It was the most important building he designed in his short, tragic life. Until 1999, it housed the postal services in the city of Ostend – Grote Post translates as ‘Main Post Office’. Eysselinck’s vision was ahead of its time. He wanted to create a no-nonsense functional building, yet one that promoted the well-being of employees and visitors alike. He succeeded brilliantly: every room in De Grote Post feels just right. There’s harmony in the colours, the proportions, and in every detail of the furniture – all designed by Eysselinck. By the way: the upper-level used to house the canteen, not the directors’ offices as you might expect. Eysselinck designed it that way because he wanted every employee to enjoy the splendid views of the city.
De Grote Post is obviously a building of great quality, but at the time, the architect encountered great resistance to his ideas. In 1953, harrowed by personal and financial problems, he ended his life at the age of 47.