carlos arroyo arquitectos: academie MWD, belgium carlos arroyo arquitectos: academie MWD, belgium
nov 08, 2012

carlos arroyo arquitectos: academie MWD, belgium

‘academie MWD’ by carlos arroyo arquitectos, dilbeek, belgium image © miguel de guzman all images courtesy of carlos arroyo

seeking to strengthen the westrand cultural center of dilbeek in the west part of brussels, madrid-based practice carlos arroyo arquitectos have just inaugurated the ‘academie MWD,’ providing education in music, theater and dance. the site finds itself in the epicenter of a varied context: to the north is the protected wolfsputten natural forest; to the south, the main square and city hall with several restaurants; to the east, a cluster of suburban villas resembling the archetypal farm typology’s pitched roof; to the west, the cultural center and its immense masses. in response to these conditions, the new building is of an appropriate scale to integrate appropriately into the urban fabric. the irregular saw-tooth canopy reflects the neighboring residential characteristics with its own unique twist, ending in a large cantilever that holds the auditorium elevated off of the only entrance to the construct. rainwater is also collected here and recycled as grey water.

in creating its own identity, the facade is composed of a rhythmic series of vertical-strip windows with similar vertically oriented louvers. when walking towards the forest, the optical effect of the shutters piece together a large image of trees, almost hiding the structure into the landscape. when venturing towards westrand, the shades display an 2D composition based on the cultural center’s architect’s paintings and artistic theories, with the remaining surface areas covered in textured neutral metal panels. these screens also block out direct light and reflect indirect light to the interior, greatly reducing the use of electricity.

approach from the town image © miguel de guzman

the project can be divided into two parts: the public encompassing the auditorium  and theater, the private consisting of the academy’s classrooms, ballet and orchestra rooms located over two levels. both sectors share the centrally located services with a long corridor allowing the rearrangement of program. thick interior walls maintain a thermal inertia and effectively soundproof the various spaces, with highly insulated external load-bearing walls preventing thermal bridging. laminated wood from sustainable sources is used as the horizontal structure, left exposed as with other materials to eliminate the need for extra unnecessary finishes.

southern facade image © miguel de guzman

the westrand cultural center in the bacground image © miguel de guzman

southern facade facing the residential area image © miguel de guzman

optical illusions displaying an image of trees image © miguel de guzman

image © miguel de guzman

northern facade image © miguel de guzman

approach on the north side, by the forest image © miguel de guzman

colorful louvers provide a visual effect depending on which angle they are viewed from image © miguel de guzman

optical effect of an image of trees image © miguel de guzman

vertical sun-shade louvers image © miguel de guzman

dance room image © miguel de guzman

auditorium / theater image © miguel de guzman

image © miguel de guzman

recital room image © miguel de guzman

corridor between classrooms image © miguel de guzman

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 0

section

elevation

site

project info:

architect: carlos arroyo arquitectos, madrid 
 associate architects: eld partnership, antwerp 
structure: norbert provoost, ghent 
 engineering: ingenium, bruges situation: dilbeek, belgium surface: 3554.76 m2 project budget: 5.3 m €               final cost: 5.4 m € contractor: kumpen site manager:    pieter broekaert                             client: city of dilbeek photos: miguel de guzmán competition: 2006    open oproep construction: december 2010 – april 2012 inaugurated: september 8, 2012

  • Where does one start?
    This project is completely ‘Mental, mental, chicken oriental’!

    dextersdragon says:
  • absolutely brilliant facade and integration!! bravo!!

    mtm says:
  • DB where U at??

    rok says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

architecture news