Antwerp Historic Courthouse / HUB
Textual content description offered by the architects. This mission contains the restoration, renovation, and conversion of the historic courtroom constructing in Antwerp, getting ready it in a sustainable trend for its future program as house to the Courts of Assize and Attraction.
Our design constitutes a restoration of the constructing’s unique design as conceived by architect Lode Baeckelmans in 1867. This design is characterised by a transparent and hierarchical morphology organized round 2 central courtyards and the Salle des Pas Perdus, had been compromised even throughout its execution, partly because of the architect’s premature dying. Within the many years that adopted, quite a few interventions additional undermined the purity and movement of the unique design.
From the very earliest phases of our work on the mission, it turned clear that Baeckelmans’ unique design was nonetheless very a lot related for the constructing’s future program. Our main interventions, subsequently, include the meticulous unraveling of the assorted components that detract from the “studying” of the unique design and hinder the spatial expertise and practical software of the constructing. The weather of the constructing that remained had been then rigorously restored.
A number of Twenty first-century additions had been additionally made with care and respect for the historic nature of the constructing, thus enabling the execution of the constructing’s program in accordance with modern requirements for consolation, sustainability, and safety.
This consists of the mixing of varied technical services, the development of a further courtroom and staircase, the restoration and extension of the unique staircases, and the commissioning of the historic attic.