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Lempertz in Brussels

Project status: Completed 2014
Client: Prof. Henrik Hanstein
Team: smo architektur + LD2
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Area: 1080.00 m2
Cost: 2200000.00 €
Photograph: Marc Detiffe

This building on the Great Hertstraat in Brussels was built in 1900, designed by Jules Barbier. The building in Art Nouveau style, for the Galerie d'Art Leroy Frères, is unique in Brussels because of the planned design feature of the exhibition space at the rear. In 1995 the building was protected as a monument and is listed in its entirety. Art Nouveau eclectic facade is characterized by the asymmetrical arrangement of all its berries through the use of steel beams, for woodwork large frame left and the beauty of sgraffito animating the assembly (which is not discernible in years). It has been completely restored and now is the new dependence of the auction house Lempertz in Brussels. Lempertz deals and exhibits ancient and modern art, so to express this significance with architecture means, we decided to add a modern piece of space to the historical building.
After studying the architecture of the building, it was clear that we could only add an annex in the rear part of the building as a roof extension, which could be disconnected at any time.
The main construction is a Vierndeel steel truss, which spans 14 m and fixed to the neighbor walls. The design is generated from the spatial character of the steep roof of the old building to obtain a correlation between the old and new spaces.