Winning Design Team proposed for renewed and enlarged S.M.A.K.

Friday, June 14, 2024
Winning Design Team proposed for renewed and enlarged S.M.A.K.

The temporary association noAarchitects, David Kohn Architects with Asli Çiçek may design the expansion and renovation of S.M.A.K. The design proposal includes a second museum building, for the permanent collection. The entrance to both museum buildings will be in the Floralia Hall, which will have a central role in Citadel Park.

Through an Open Call by Vlaamse Bouwmeester, S.M.A.K. and urban development company sogent started looking for a design team for the renewal and extension of the museum in the summer of 2023. In the autumn, from 53 submissions, five teams were selected to submit a design proposal. The jury's choice fell on the temporary association of noAarchitects, David Kohn Architects with Asli Çiçek.

The winning design proposal best answers the demand for two museum buildings that are 'guests in the park': the S.M.A.K. hall, which houses the current museum, and the Collections House, on the site of the former 'casino head' that is not currently in use. In that new Collection House, the permanent collection, now of necessity in the depot, can be displayed. It can accommodate 500 pieces. Both buildings overlook both the Floralia Hall in between and Citadel Park all around. Large windows and balconies create an open feeling. The buildings remain sufficiently low and integrate nicely into the park.

In the design proposal, the experience of the Citadel Park is paramount. The design team's decision to move the museum's entrance to the Floralia Hall was also greatly appreciated by the jury. This helps to ensure that, as in 1913, the Floralia Hall will once again play a central role in the park, between and in line with both buildings. Both museum buildings open onto the hall with inviting staircases, lifts and terraces.

The jury appreciated the winning design team's principle of 'circular building'. The team wants to commit to working with the existing buildings and materials as much as possible. The structure of the buildings will be retained, but they will be insulated and re-clad. All materials from demolition, including those of the Red Gate, will be reused for the new S.M.A.K. Thanks to this choice, the new buildings will blend easily into the park. Sustainable materials will be chosen for the new volumes in the Floralia Hall and for the timber frame on the current museum.

Main Image :In the draft proposal, the entrance to the S.M.A.K. hall will be in a renewed Floralia Hall.

Stephanie Cime

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