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Wiels Contemporary Art Centre

Location Vorst, Belgium
Timeline 2004 - 2008

renovation and transformation of former brewery to centre of contemporary arts

Intro

This former modernist brewery was transformed into a centre for contemporary art. During the restoration of the listed monument, the facade was first thoroughly renovated. The large interior spaces were structurally reinforced. Some brewers' boilers were preserved as a reference to the past. A new roof terrace offers a beautiful panorama of the capital.

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Client(s)
  • Wiels Contemporary Art Centre
Architects
  • Art & Build
Stats
5800 m²

Story

A cafeteria on the ground floor is decorated with 3 original brew kettles, a link to the past.

The former Wielemans-Ceuppens brewery, a protected monument site, has been given a new identity. Thus, a portion of the site is occupied by the Van Volxem office project. The brewery itself, a modernist building from 1930, was transformed into the Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art. VK carried out the structural engineering of this restoration project.

The restoration took place in 2 phases. First the exterior was tackled with a thorough renovation of the façade. Subsequently, the inside was dealt with and the spaces adapted to their new purpose. The building has 3 levels with exhibition space, artists' studios and offices. A cafeteria on the ground floor is decorated with 3 original brew kettles, a link to the past. A rooftop terrace offers a beautiful view of the site and Brussels.

The transformation of the former industrial site is part of a government program that should revitalise the surrounding district. Wiels wishes to place Brussels on the map as a centre for contemporary art. It has already gained a place on the national art scene, with exhibits including Luc Tuymans, world renowned Belgian artist.

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