ATELIER VAN DE VELDE – Leuven
The atelier for the Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde is located in the flood-prone area in the southern outskirts of Leuven. The lower facade of this simple concrete box is thus pierced with round perforations to allow controlled flooding of a crawlspace below the raised ground floor. Hanging from the longer edges of the flat roof are two aluminium canopies—one fixed and one adjustable—which provide a sense of privacy and covered outdoor space. The atelier has two levels. The lower one serves as a working space and, as requested by the artist, it is a dark room with only one opening and a small storage space. The interior is covered in wood panelling with visible joints, which help arranging the artworks. Upstairs is the residential area with sleeping quarters, bathroom and a kitchen. The upper floor has two more identical openings with sliding glass panels that allow plenty of natural light. Both levels are independently accessible by retractable outdoor aluminium stairs. Akin to drawbridges, they stand in stark contrast to the immobile character of the monolithic concrete volume, making it appear as a fortress, and a creative refuge from the world.
Bollinger+Grohmann, HP engineers
Kersten Geers, David Van Severen, Jan Lenaerts, Leander Venlet