The museum lobby or ‘antichambre' was conceived by Beel Architects as no more than a kind of ‘hub': a space that helps the public in orienting towards the galleries, the ticket desk or the cafetaria. The architecture is therefore frugal and provides no more than the intended function asks for, merely the space itself. It is no wonder that, when the functional needs extended (multimedia desk, promotion, shop, kids-corner…), ad hoc additions transformed it into a place of clutter. Leaving the original architecture and its clear lines unattended.
The challenge therefore was to incorporate these new functions in the space without neglecting - and even recovering, the purity of the spacial concept inherent in the architecture. The proposal therefore consist of a single intervention. Namely the introduction of three mirroring cubes in the antichambre. Their scale holds an intermediate between architecture and furniture, making them operate on a separate level. When spread out in the space they reflect their surroundings, reinforcing the architecture by adding new perspectives. Opposed to their identical exterior their interiors are highly specific. Bright primal colors mark their different functions and add fragments of color to the sober interior of the Antichambre.
Location: BE, Leuven
Client: Museum M
Team: Jasper Stevens, Karel Verstraeten, Bram Denkens