Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent

A former 16-19th century monastery and hospital — het Kraakhuis — has been rehabilitated into a music and culture centre. Landmarked building.

Information Sheet

Renovation/Transformation Muziekcentrum De Bijloke   www.bijloke.be

Location Ghent, Belgium. Landmarked building.

Project Cost Non-available.

Time Frame Beginning of design: 2006. Start of construction: 2007. Opening: February 2008. Completion of second phase (acoustic curtain): November 2011.

Owner De Bijloke City of Ghent.

Architect(s) Architectuuratelier Oswald Van De Sompel, Ghent.

Artist Ara Starck (for the acoustic curtain).

Theatre Planner(s) Marc Lambert & Pieter De Kimpe, TTAS Office, Belgium   www.ingenium.be

Seat Count Conversion of the 16th century hospital hall into a minimalist historic 250-seat room — het Kraakhuis. Renovation and adaptation of the 19th century anatomic 100-seat theatre of the Bijloke campus for lectures and film projections. Total area 4 000 m².

Uses Concerts, chamber music, recitals, jazz, dance, conference.

Services Acoustic concept and acoustical consulting throughout the project. Second phase: Installation of retractable seating and motorized acoustic curtain under the ceiling vault, providing variable acoustics depending on the room's setting and use.

Team Thomas Wulfrank, Project Manager, Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics.

1/7De Bijloke MuziekcentrumNovember 2011. Het Kraakhuis, the 250-seat hall and view of the acoustic curtain installation. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
2/7De Bijloke MuziekcentrumNovember 2011. Reheasal in the 250-seat hall — het Kraakhuis — and view of the acoustic curtain installation. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
3/7De Bijloke MuziekcentrumNovember 2011. Reheasal in the 250-seat hall and view of the acoustic curtain installation. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
4/7De Bijloke MuziekcentrumNovember 2011. View of the acoustic curtain. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
5/7De Bijloke MuziekcentrumFebruary 2008. Music rehearsal in the renovated Kraakhuis, originally a 16th Century hospital hall. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
6/7De Bijloke MuziekcentrumFebruary 2008. Rehearsal before the opening in the 16th century Kraakhuis hospital hall. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
7/7De Bijloke Muziekcentrum2007. Het Kraakhuis during the renovation works. Photo © Kahle Acoustics