ArtA'A Arts CentreBack to Projects list
- Aalter, Belgium
- BASIL architecture
The empty shell of the building, which was acquired by the municipality of Aalter, was converted into a cultural centre that now provides a varied cultural, educational and recreational range of activities. The ArtA'A Aalter Arts Centre designed by BASIL Architecture houses a library, the municipal Academy for Music, Word and Dance, the Academy of Fine Arts (KUMA) and a centre for culture and tourism.
In addition to the public functions on the lower floors, service apartments are located on the upper three floors. The two lower floors are maximally glazed to maximise the amount of light in the academy halls and visual arts rooms. In addition, this also creates a relationship to the surroundings, which penetrates into the interior of the building through the large glass surfaces and, conversely, what is taking place in the ArtA'A Art Centre can also be seen from the outside. Glass light shafts were strategically placed so that the two basement floors are also sufficiently lit. In this way, the auditorium or the library are also supplied with light. Instead of a traditional "silent library", the desire was to create an "experience space". This was achieved, among other things, by a slide and a play corner, but the architecture itself also looks animated and lively thanks to a flashy colour concept. The basic colour of the building is a homogeneous grey of the exposed concrete and a matching grey shade. This monotony is broken up by a series of striking accent colours that vary according to the function of the rooms and zones. For example, blue was selected for the sanitary areas, red for fire protection elements, yellow for the library and green for the doors to the public areas.
The JUNG LS 990 switch range was colour-coordinated in the entire building to the respective room situation and exactly to the respective shade: a grey shade for the concrete walls, supplemented by the unique shades in yellow, blue and green from the Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier colour palette. "Shade-in-shade", the switch and the wall become one unit. The intelligent building control of the multifunctional building is based on an innovative KNX system. The lighting control is both classic via F50 push-button and automated with DALI lighting control. In addition, the building was also equipped with presence detectors and automatic switches from JUNG.