The new Tim Van Laere Gallery of contemporary art in Antwerp goes up in a central location within the New South district (Nieuw Zuid), an ambitious urban redevelopment plan launched by the city council in collaboration with the private developer Triple Living. The objective of the masterplan is to extend and improve the relationship of the city with the River Scheldt.
The building occupies a strategic position within the new fabric, surrounded by large residential and office buildings. It is a clear and simple proposal that reveals at a glance its structure in its staggered silhouette: a concatenation of rooms or pure types of buildings – storage space, offices, white cube, chapel, patio – each with a particular size and proportions adapted to different ways of experiencing art. The rooms are constructed as simple in-situ concrete boxes, each made specific by infills of wooden structural elements. Aside from their dimensions, the rooms are differentiated by their roof structure. All the rooms are internally isolated and lit from above, each with a specific skylight system made of laminated timber elements of different shapes, and which give each space unique lighting conditions. As an explicitly urban building in a suburban environment, the gallery expresses a mild defiance towards its surroundings. With its gates directly on the street, it relates to both its immediate context and its content. Art, its central focal point, is made visible and accessible to all...[+]
 Galería de arte Art Gallery
Tim Van Laere Gallery
OFFICE / Kersten Geers, David Van Severen
Jan Leanerts, Jacopo Lugli, Inga Karen Traustadottir, Stefaan Jamaer (equipo team)
ARC bvba (estructura structure); Henk Pijpaert Engineering (instalaciones technical engineering); Bureau Bas Smets (paisajismo landscape)