FELT won the WinVorm competition for the design of a new visitor center and event spaces within the Provinciaal Hof, a 19th century neo-gothic palace on Bruges' central market square. We proposed to rethink the ground-floor level as an extension of the public space and suggested the creation of kind of plaza in the middle of this neo-gothic decorum.
The aim was to improve the accessibility and offer more flexibility in the usage. To do so the non-authentic generic tiling is interchanged for a new terrazzo flooring, characterised by an oversized checkered pattern that extends all te way to the back, and thereby somehow settles with the original articulation of separate rooms in the creation of a larger 'forum'.
This forum is conceived as a 'plug-and-play' event space offering state of the art technical solutions integrated within the renewed floor. The raster of 2,5m*2,5m brass lines set out by the flooring pattern spans a field of nodes throughout the space. These nodes not only provide multiple network acces points, the also serve as docking points for a specific set of equipments, specifically designed for the forum to serve a diverse future programming.
This forum is adjoined by serving functions organised in the side wings. In the south wing a new elevator, subtly integrated within the original structure of the building, creates a new logistic connection. Highly improving the operations of personal and catering staff in the organisation of events within the authentic interiors on the higher floors. In the north wing a new stairway connects the forum with the new lavatories and cloakroom.