The last remaining textile factory on Buda Island, an area destined to become the cultural heart of the city, has been transformed into multifunctional spaces. The large volume, situated in the middle of a city block, has been adapted through two main interventions: The first hollow out a large void in the center of the building, bringing daylight deep into the vast floor plan. This pentagonal void houses a public staircase that gives access to various spaces on 4 levels. The biggest part of the structure is reused. Besides saving resources, it allows for a large building within a limited budget. The second adds an open pavilion as an entrance hall from the street. It becomes the new facade of the complex: the tip of the iceberg. The pavilion itself functions as an antechamber, giving a foretaste of events inside. While most of the building is hidden from its context, the roof terrace provides a confrontation with the city. The building is a tool to look, not an object to look at; it avoids becoming an image but instead creates an environment.
Buda Art Centre
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Team: Tine Cooreman, Aline Neirynck, Bob De Wispelaere, Karel Verstraeten, Jan Opdekamp, Joram Van den Brande, Marc-Achille Filliol, Chris Blackbee, Emmanuel Debroise Structural engineer: BAS (Dirk Jaspaert) Technical engineer: Studiebureau Boydens