Tom Beysen + Faber Martens
@fabermartens + @tombeysen
This dance school was designed by @fabermartens and @tombeysen to fit in one of the emerging neighborhoods of Antwerp called Het Eilandje (The Island), a former port area.
The use of blue, glazed brick in the façades refers to the old bridge guard houses in this area. The channel glass windows shows to the public where the dancing rooms are located in the building, while at night it gives a glimpse of the internal activities of the building.
The structure consists out of four steel frames that are supplemented with a secundary wooden structure. Inverted king post trusses allow for a large, open performance hall. The perforated brick wall parts create an interesting contrast between open, closed en semi-closed.
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