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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

ANNDENNE’S CULTURAL CENTER in Belgium by LABEL ARCHITECTURE

 
August 28th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Andenne’s Cultural Center’s extension has not been designed as a single appendice filling a lack of space but was rather thought as an opportunity to deal with complex problematic which were restraining the fullfilment of the building. Indeed, its situation in a disparate urban fabric, between supermarket and parking area, didn’t give approriate visibility and accessibility to the Center. At the same time, this location reveals a great potential on the landscape scale. On the banks of the river, the site is perceivable from the main road between Liège and Namur.

From the Meuse's bridge, Image Courtesy © bepictures

From the Meuse’s bridge, Image Courtesy © bepictures

  • Architects: LABEL ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: ANNDENNE’S CULTURAL CENTER
  • Location: 5 rue Malevé, 5300 Andenne, Belgium 
  • Photography: bepictures
  • Program: Entrance – Lobby – Exhibition room – Dance studio – Cloackroom – Workshops – Offices
  • Surface area: 1053 sqm
  • Status: build
  • Date: 2009 – 2015

From the Meuse's bridge, Image Courtesy © bepictures

From the Meuse’s bridge, Image Courtesy © bepictures

Label architecture, therefore, choose to have a situated approach capitalising the suburb’s condition. By setting a tall volume on the banks, the project initiates visual relationships with its environment, as a signal on the road. A first low volume, as a base, links the existing performing arts hall to the new building. Hidden below a bank, it offers a new entrance and lobby to the Cultural Center. Above, the new functions – a dance studio, a music classroom, an administrative department and facilities – are combined in a four-floor unit, giving to the Center its architectural identity.

From the other Meuse's side, Image Courtesy © bepictures

From the other Meuse’s side, Image Courtesy © bepictures

From the express road, Image Courtesy © bepictures

From the express road, Image Courtesy © bepictures

This project has been designed to allow harmonious cohabitation between the different users – the audience of events, the staff’s center and Andenne’s associative sector. It proceeds to a gradation of privacy which ensures an independence of uses.

The link between the existing bulding and the new one, Image Courtesy © bepictures

The link between the existing bulding and the new one, Image Courtesy © bepictures

The entrance of the Cultural Center, Image Courtesy © bepictures

The entrance of the Cultural Center, Image Courtesy © bepictures

The picture on the main facade is part of a public intiative whereby one percent of the budget is devoted to an integrated piece of art. For the Cultural Center, photographer Marc Wendelsky suggested to strengthen the building’s visual impact by printing out a large scaled picture on the main facade. Label architecture decided to elaborate a curtain wall with patterned stripes of the picture conveying a kinetic perception of the building from the express road.

On the terrasse, above the entrance, seeing through the dance studio, Image Courtesy © bepictures

On the terrasse, above the entrance, seeing through the dance studio, Image Courtesy © bepictures

The entrance, Image Courtesy © bepictures

The entrance, Image Courtesy © bepictures

From the bar to the entrance, Image Courtesy © bepictures

From the bar to the entrance, Image Courtesy © bepictures

On the exhibiting space, Image Courtesy © bepictures

On the exhibiting space, Image Courtesy © bepictures

On the corridor, linking the new building and the existing one, Image Courtesy © bepictures

On the corridor, linking the new building and the existing one, Image Courtesy © bepictures

The wood staircase, on the circulation space, Image Courtesy © bepictures

The wood staircase, on the circulation space, Image Courtesy © bepictures

The highest level, on the staircase, Image Courtesy © bepictures

The highest level, on the staircase, Image Courtesy © bepictures

On the dance studio, Image Courtesy © bepictures

On the dance studio, Image Courtesy © bepictures

On the administrative department, Image Courtesy © bepictures

On the administrative department, Image Courtesy © bepictures

Axonometry showing the urban location, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Axonometry showing the urban location, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Axonometry showing the link between existing and new structure, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Axonometry showing the link between existing and new structure, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Conceptual section of the four floors – facades revealing the section, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Conceptual section of the four floors – facades revealing the section, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Plan – level 0, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Plan – level 0, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Plan – level 1, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Plan – level 1, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Plan – level 2, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Plan – level 2, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Plan – level 3, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Plan – level 3, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Facade and section, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

Facade and section, Image Courtesy © LABEL ARCHITECTURE

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