Wiels Contemporary Art Centre

Brussels
Belgium

Many sites close to the Brussels South Station and the Paris-Brussels line are losing their industrial heritage for good, opening up to new activities. With the demolition of the vast Wielemans-Ceuppens brewery, the only building to be left standing was the brewing hall containing the large copper vats. This original masterwork, by the architect Adrien Blomme, merited painstaking restoration respecting the spatial and technical qualities of the original building. Work was carried out to ensure that the building regained its iconic character, despite being used in a totally different way: a contemporary arts centre. It is now open for contemporary art creation, with a vast office complex soon to be built alongside. The sympathetic restoration drew on the historical overtones of industrial architecture while harmonising with that of contemporary art.

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