Chamber Music Hall, Gaasbeek, Belgium

A dairy at the foot of the historical castle of Gaasbeek has been converted into accommodation for musicians, with a chamber music hall. The late nineteenth-century front building was transformed into the accommodation; the hall replaces the original small factory shed but adheres to its original outline. The volume is dug deep into a slope into which an open ramp has been cut which then bends over the hall and climbs upwards like a ziggurat and forms the roof of the volume. The vertical and horizontal walls of this construction are clad inside and out with hand-shaped brick. The space is lit by large openings that offer a view in from the ramp.
Client
De Eik
Architects
Robbrecht en Daem architecten
Program
transformation of an old dairy farm into contemporary accommodation for musicians, with a new 100-seat recital room
Location
Gaasbeek, Belgium
Date
2000–2004
Status
Completed
Floor Surface
850 m2
Team
Paul Robbrecht, Hilde Daem, Els Claessens, David Schalenbourg
Structural Engineering
BAS (Dirk Jaspaert)
Services Engineering
Gosseye
Acoustics
Kahle Acoustics
Landscape
Erik Dhont
Nominations / Awards
2008 – Klippan Award