It consists of the extension of the former officers’ mess, which itself is being restored and renovated, to create a design business centre that professionalises and promotes young designers and Walloon design. It proposes a building that extends across the whole depth of the plot of land, connecting the east wing of the 18th building to the surrounding wall that seals the plot off at Rue de la Trouille.
The extension consists of two sections of differing depths and two entities separated by a patio with plants and flowers connected by a distributive corridor that unites the bipartite composition.
The different depths are the logical result of a need to first ensure alignment with the east wing, and of the need to host functions to be held in conference rooms and meeting rooms, as well as production workshops at a later date. The enclosed patio or garden constitutes a visual appeal through the transparency of the first part of the extension and dialogue with the new system for entering the Carré des Arts. It is “contained” by the corridor and the metallic veil attached to the latter. It articulates and polarises the two main axes of the project as a whole.
ATELIER D’ARCHITECTURE MATADOR Co-author Delaisse-Micciche