Buda Art Centre
by 51N4E

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A five-sided pavilion made from pale sandy brickwork leads inside this former textile factory in Kortrijk that Belgian studio 51N4E has converted into an arts centre.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

The Buda Art Centre accommodates studio and exhibition spaces for artists in residence across all three floors of the old Budafabriek, the last remaining structure of the Desmet-Dejaeghere textile factory on Buda Island.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

The architects were keen to retain traces of the building's history, so they left much of the interior unchanged and concentrated on inserting just two new pentagonal spaces.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

The first pentagon is the pale-brick entrance pavilion, which contrasts with the dark red tones of the existing factory buildings. The structure twists away from the neighbouring facades and points out towards the road, but it has no roof, encouraging anyone inside to look straight up to the sky.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

"The shape [of the pavilion] creates a friction between the existing buildings and the new intervention," 51N4E's Paul Steinbrück told Dezeen. "Even though it gets very close to the surrounding buildings, it doesn't touch them at any point. It is not an open space and not a building."

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

Above: photograph is by Paul Steinbrueck

For the second pentagon, the architects hollowed out a space at the centre of the factory to create a triple-height atrium connecting all three floors. A new staircase winds around the walls, while clerestory glazing and a large skylight brings natural light through to the studios and galleries. "The vertical space creates a visual understanding of the building," added Steinbrück.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

Stairs also lead up to the roof the building, where an expansive roof terrace offers a view of the River Leie and the city skyline beyond.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

"The Buda Art Centre is a new type of cultural space," conclude the architects. "Making reference to its past, it remains a workshop of production. 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."

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

Above: photograph is by Paul Steinbrueck

Also this week, Czech studio Atelier Hoffman revealed images of a riverside coal mill converted into a studio and exhibition space. Other artists' studios we've featured include a pointy gallery and studio in Japan and a series of cabin-like studios on a picturesque Canadian island. See more artists' studios on Dezeen.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

Photography is by Filip Dujardin, apart from where otherwise stated.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

Here's some more information from 51N4E:


Buda Art Centre
51N4E

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.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

Above: photograph is by Paul Steinbrueck

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.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

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.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

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.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

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.

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

Project name: Buda Art Centre
Name of building in use: Budafabriek
Location: Kortrijk, Belgium

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

Programme: exhibition & event facilities, artists' studios
Built surface: 4.240 m²
Budget: € 2.000.000

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

Design period: 2005 (competition) – 2007
Construction period: 2010 – 2012

Design team: Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn, Peter Swinnen, Tine Cooreman, Aline Neirynck, Bob De Wispelaere, Karel Verstraeten, Jan Opdekamp, Joram Van den Brande, Marc-Achille Filliol, Chris Blackbee, Emmanuel Debroise

Buda Art Centre by 51N4E

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  • Colonel Pancake

    Yes, please.

  • http://www.michalkubis.com majkelecek

    Beautiful!

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk Kate Austin

    Modern design at its best. Beautifully in context and superbly contemporary.

  • Paul

    I’m going to go there very soon.