c03 - z33 competition, 2011-2012
Z33 is not a museum. Z33 is a house for contemporary art.
Z33 is an internationally recognized reference point and a catalyst for experimentation and innovation, working closely with Vitra Design Museum in Germany, V&A in London, The New Institute in Rotterdam and Design Biennale BIO Ljubljana.
Presently Z33 works out of the Vleugel ’58 building, a fine example of 1950’s architecture, comprising of the begjinhof houses and garden.
A long ambitious process of making an extension of the “house” has converged in a 3 phase international competition. Candidates were asked to propose the ideal spatial structure for a house for art, meant for temporary exhibitions and unpredictable kaleidoscopes of activities, research and experiments.
The principle of the winning proposal is that the new building belongs to the context.
The new building is another mosaic tile of the wall of the buildings around the begijnhof garden.
Hasselt is the capital of Limburg and the begjinhof occupies a relevant and central area of the town.
It resembles an island in the urban tissue: it is a garden. Around the garden there is a “chain” of brick constructions, with variations in age, colour and size.
The design interprets Z33 as a living atelier, an ensemble of buildings where the shared sound-ground is such that all rooms are spaces with an individual character defined by proportions, light atmosphere and view.
The complexity of the spatial pattern, where spaces can look through the others, echoes the multiplicity of experiences of a city.
Experience is the starting point and the purpose.