This lock building was the result of a public 'Open Oproep' contest, held by the Flemisch Government (one of many in Belgium). The architects of WAW designed a building in corten steel. Lying parallell to the canal, it functions as a central command post for the 11 locks along this canal. The design is based on that of the ships crossing the canal. The ground floor, which is technical, is entirely closed like the freight part of the ships. The first floor is inspired on the steering cabin on top of the ships. The open structure gives it a panoramic view.