Art Academy Zwevegem
Academy for fine arts, performing arts and music on former industrial site

Location : Otegemstraat 238, 8550 Zwevegem
Client : gemeente Zwevegem assisted by Leiedal
Architect : Czvek Rigby in collaboration with Assemble Studio
Landscape architect: buro voor vrije ruimte (omgeving)
Technical Engineer: Boydens Engineering
Environmental Engineer: Boydens Engineering
Structural Engineer: Structure Workshop in collaboration with Boydens Engineering
Conservation Consultant: Jan de Moffarts Architecten
Surface : 2.250 m²
Budget : undisclosed
Competition : 2019 (shortlisted - 1st laureate)
Procedure cancelled by Gemeentebestuur Zwevegem

The Transfo site provides the municipality of Zwevegem with a unique public space. The diversity in spatial sequence, scale and experience, together with the harmony between industrial heritage and landscape structures, creates a poetic beauty along the Bossuit-Kortrijk canal. The new wing of the academy forms both a pivotal point within this leisure site and a final part for the unification of the former textile factory La Flandre into a campus for arts and crafts.

Within the new building, the hall will be central, as in the case of a monastery. It is a covered voluminous space, typical of market halls and industrial structures. The choice is made for an efficient, contemporary and almost industrial construction method in line with the engineering logic on the Transfo site.

Around the central hall, four volumes of two storeys high will be realised. Inside the central hall, the four volumes are connected by deck entrances. On top of the central hall, the roof structuren rests on the four volumes and all functions are thus placed under one roof. Together, these four elements generate an spatial framework to enable different functional interpretations and daily uses.