Flores & Prats to renovate the Ancien Théâtre des Variétés in Brussels
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A scheme drawn up by the Barcelona practice of Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats, in collaboration with the Brussels firm Ouest Architecture – has been announced the winning design in the restricted competition to convert the Belgian capital’s old Ancien Théâtre des Variétés into an international laboratory for artistic creation.
The proposal evokes memories of the theatre and music hall built by the local architect Victor Bourgeois in the 1930s, which became a cinema in the 1960s and fell into disuse in the 1980s. The starting point for the design of the new building lies within the existing theatre, with its great height, and its unique dimensions will be kept as they are to create a venue for debates and music and art performances. The project maximizes the entrance of natural light by means of elements like a large skylight, which brightens up the heart of the building. An indoor street is created to connect the streets Saint-Pierre and Malines. The Rue de Malines facade is preserved, as are the stage and part of the theatre stands.
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