2003 / a gallery and a square

The gallery occupies a ground floor commercial space in a recently finished residential block of the Antwerp Nieuw-Zuid neighbourhood. As is in most cases in such newly developed areas, the building shows little interest to interact with its surroundings while a mismatch of facades create a bizarre patchwork in its interior.

When asked to finish the rough construction state of the interior, we decided rather to make a fundamental spatial transformation and keep the rough interior as is. The entrance to the gallery is shifted towards the now ignored urban square. 3 newly defined functional boxes provide a vitrine, a utility space and storage space. External surfaces of these boxes provide uninterrupted wall space for art. A curtain rail hangs in an angle which responds to the urban context, pulling in the urban scale into the gallery while allowing various flexible configuration within the space. Finally, by means of these efficient transformative acts, the mishmash of facades are dismantled into 3 distinct qualities; a vitrine, a gallery window and a passage.

In collaboration with Mathias Prenen

Antwerp, Belgium