Can art be used to rejuvenate two towns in Flanders?

Location
Spiere-Helkijn, Belgium

Status
Competition

Typology
Public, Installation

Year
2019

In 2019, the region of Leiedal in Belgium organized a competition looking for ideas on how best to create an art trail through the region. To be arranged along a series of sites, it is envisioned the interventions would rejuvenate the region.

The site we had chosen was an old water-treatment plant in the region of Soiere-Helkijn. We started by asking ourselves: what does Spiere need? It became obvious then that the solution would be to bring the water element of the site’s history to the forefront, but in a form which would be beneficial to today’s Spiere-Helkijn.

The design proposes a canopy to be installed over the pool, providing it with shelter, a programmatic ballast and most importantly, a visual landmark within the flat landscape of the context. The intervention allows direct interaction from the community as well as visitors, thus allowing people to participate and feel a sense of ownership to the design.