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VRT Radiohouse

February 2012

Starting from June 2012, VRT (Belgian public broadcasting company) will have the rear of the city hall of Leuven at its disposal to create a permanent broadcasting base in the most important university city of Flanders. Radio 2 has settled in the editorial office and radio studio on the ground floor and a multifunctional space for events, concerts and live radio is available on the first floor.

Without altering its unique character, Studio Farris Architects created a contemporary concept for the renovation and refurbishment of this classified building. Studio Farris designed and followed up the complete project, being responsible not only for the renovation, but also for the lighting design, the design of fixed furnishings and the development of the Radiohuis logo and corporate identity.

 

Each of these aspects are part of a global vision of which transparency, flexibility, sustainability and the synergy between old and new are the main focal points.

On the first floor a semi-transparent curtain separates the stage area from the bar, without compromising the flexibility of the space. A suspended grid ceiling was used to be able to easily modify and control the technical installations while at the same time the existing structure remains visible.

Existing materials such as bronze, marble and wood are being either reused or used as a reference and give the project a touch of nostalgia. The existing glass and bronze counters are reassembled as a back wall for the bar and old cabinet fronts are reused for the new bar unit. This way the renovation fits the existing building, but at the same time distinguishes itself with its modern lines and contemporary character.

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