The project was to build a mansion into an art gallery with a housing for the gallery. Due to the existing strong image of the building, the architects were challenged to provide new spaces that contained the interest of the old spaces coupled with new modern gallery spaces. The design result is a mixture of existing staircase and new neon pink lights.
The architects had to create a design that could maintain aspects of the original building all the while removing the idea of a mansion and providing clean modern lines with spaces that can focus on the art work the new gallery is housing.
At the rear, under a existing canopy, a video box has been placed levitating in space. The levitation is explained mainly by its function, it is the height of a seat and the whole is perceived as a TV bench. The housing is a “customization” of a renovation already completed some ten years.
Location: Rue de l’Abbaye, 2 à 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
Architect: Vanden Eeckhoudt – Creyf
Surface: 600 m2