Procedure Open Call 3101
Client City Antwerp
Surface 3700 m2
Date 2016 -
A stronghold as a cruise terminal
Two worlds come together in multiple layers of time.
The place from which Antwerp grew becomes the main reception area for discovering the flourishing life in this city.
How does one build on this fortress? How does a stronghold – built to protect the city – become an open and inviting welcome?
We study the building. We study the history of the building.
And we think about the meaning of time, built time.
Simulation of time and suggestion of time.
We think of Castle Drogo by Lutyens.
The castle that had to represent the missing history of its owner.
Lutyens worked on it for 21 years and suggests with his architecture not one but several generations.
The associative, narrative nature of this architecture is very powerful.
But it is also misleading.
It is this ambiguity that fascinates and inspires us.
What do we do now with Het Steen in Antwerp?
We take a few steps back in time before continuing to build.
We are looking for a language that links the past to the future.
From the present. From what we know now.
Suggesting closedness and a world to be discovered, spatially surprising and surprisingly rich in content.