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CultuurFabriek

The old Strobbe printing house is an important monument in the city of Izegem with a rich history as an industrial heritage. With its imposing footprint and strategic location between the station, the Grote Markt and the Roeselare-Leie canal, the building has a geographical advantage.
The factory, which has been located in the Kasteelstraat since 1904, was renovated after the Second World War and has been empty since 2014. The ambition today is to transform this large building into a cultural infrastructure that takes up various functions including a public library, an art – and music academy (Art’Iz), city archives, a service center and community facilities.
The new Cultuurfabriek will then become part of a constellation of public and cultural facilities in Izegem, such as the Eperons d’or, the town hall, De Leest or the Blauwhuis Castle. On a larger scale, the Cultuurfabriek will also become a new institution for the wider environment thanks to its proximity to the station.
The ambition of the project is to expose the former industrial building on the basis of a specific shape and to give it a new identity. The Cultuurfabriek becomes like a light tower in the city that develops a vibrant environment, attracts visitors and gradually builds up a new community.
Location: Izegem, Belgium.
Status: Competition, four final projects
Program: 6.700 sqm
Structure: Util Structural Engineering
Facilities: Tech3
Sustainability: Societat Orgànica
Technical Support: Mario Barredo Arquitectura Técnica.
Client: Stad Izegem
In collaboration with: League Studio