in Belgium, the new wing of Design Museum Gent

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The architectural firms TRANS architectuur | stedenbouw, Carmody Groarke, and RE-ST architectenvennootschap are going to design the new wing of Design Museum Gent.

cover image: TRANS architectuur | stedenbouw, Carmody Groarke, and RE-ST architectenvennootschap, the new wing of Design Museum Gent, (image courtesy of Design Museum Gent)

Design Museum Gent will be expanded to include a new wing by the name of DING – Design In Ghent- which will be built on a derelict site on Drabstraat.
The building will link the existing museum buildings and create additional exhibition areas, as well as providing space for debate, and public activities. DING should also solve various issues with accessibility and logistics.
The museum regards the new wing as a participatory ‘third place’, a link between the existing exhibition spaces and the city, and It is intended to be a welcoming meeting place with free access.

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above: the empty lot on Drabstraat where the new building will be built. (graphic elaboration by Inexhibit).

To make this expansion possible, Design Museum Gent and the delegated general contractor, sogent (Ghent’s autonomous urban development company), looked for a design team using the Flemish Government Architect’s Open Call procedure.
In the autumn of 2018, five design teams, from a total of 96 entries, were selected to submit a design: the jury chose the submission by the temporary partnership between TRANS architectuur | stedenbouw from Ghent, Carmody Groarke from London and RE-ST architectenvennootschap from Antwerp. The winning team provided good solutions for every aspect of the project: DING as a ‘third space’ – capable of achieving a barrier-free transition between the street and the building – responds to the concept of smart museum in terms of management, accessibility and digital experience, and offers solutions to issues such as accessibility, logistics, circulation, integration with the context, and flexible use of space.
The new wing is not a spectacular piece of architecture, but it can be read like a landmark that fits perfectly into the existing streetscape and surrounding cityscape. The large openings in the façade make the ‘Community Room’ on the ground floor a welcoming meeting place for all the residents of Ghent. The activities held here will be visible from the outside.
A striking touch is added by the playful roof volume – the ‘Loft’ – that introduces a new rhythm to the cadence of the sloping roofs in the surrounding area. The roof volume has no front or rear but is ‘all-sided’ and opens towards the city.
The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 2021 with the completion of the new building by 2023.

 

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above: the empty lot on Drabstraat (image courtesy of Design Museum Gent)

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above: TRANS architectuur | stedenbouw, Carmody Groarke, and RE-ST architectenvennootschap, Design Museum Gent, the new wing on Drabstraat
(image courtesy of Design Museum Gent)

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above: TRANS architectuur | stedenbouw, Carmody Groarke, and RE-ST architectenvennootschap, the new wing of Design Museum Gent, bird-eye view
(image courtesy of Design Museum Gent)

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above: TRANS architectuur | stedenbouw, Carmody Groarke, and RE-ST architectenvennootschap, the new wing of Design Museum Gent, the LOFT, interior view.
(image courtesy of Design Museum Gent)

Design Museum Gent – Jan Breydelstraat 5, 9000 Gent
https://www.designmuseumgent.be/en/


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