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Buda Art Centre / 51N4E

  • 01:00 - 5 March, 2013
Buda Art Centre / 51N4E
Buda Art Centre  / 51N4E, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Paul Steinbrück +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn, Peter Swinnen
  • Design Team

    Tine Cooreman, Aline Neirynck, Bob De Wispelaere, Karel Verstraeten, Jan Opdekamp, Joram Van den Brande, Marc-Achille Filliol, Chris Blackbee, Emmanuel Debroise
  • Area

    4240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineering

    BAS / Dirk Jaspaert
  • Technical Engineering

    Studiebureau Boydens
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

From the architect. The last remaining textile factory on Buda Island - an area destined to become the cultural heart of the city - has been transformed into studios and exhibition spaces for artists in residence. This large volume, situated in the middle of a city block, has been adapted through two main interventions:

© Paul Steinbrück
© Paul Steinbrück

The first hollows out a large void in the centre of the building, bringing daylight deep into the vast floor plan. This pentagonal void houses a public staircase that gives access to a diverse range of spaces on four levels: a laboratory for manufacturing, multifunctional spaces of varying sizes and lighting conditions, music venues and a roof terrace. The biggest part of the structure is reused. Besides saving resources, the reuse allows for a large cultural building within a limited budget.


The second intervention adds an open pavilion as an entrance hall from the street. Built from the yellow brick discovered in the original interior, this pavilion 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.

© Paul Steinbrück
© Paul Steinbrück

The Buda Art Centre is a new type of cultural space. Making reference to its past, it remains a workshop of production. The materials and details make it an approachable space for all kinds of activities and users. The warm palette of colours and the series of rather informal spaces invite people to appropriate and discover the building for their own production, exhibition, and casual interaction. 

© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

While the majority of the building is hidden from its surrounding context, the roof terrace provides a sudden confrontation with the city of Kortrijk. The building is a tool to look, not an object to look at. It avoids becoming an image but instead creates an environment..

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Sasha · March 09, 2013

Nice use of Iranian brick.

jan adegeest · March 06, 2013

I really like the Pavilion at the entrance but miss the relationship with the "void" and or the rest of the project. Pity, but I would still go and visit if I was nearby.


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