Broelschool Demolition Workshop
The abandoned Broelschool in the centre of Kortrijk hosts SQM: The Quantified Home. This installation combines a physical dérive through the sprawling building with a graphical timeline of evolving domesticity. During Biennale Interieur 2014, visitors have the last opportunity to explore this building before it is demolished to make way for the construction of apartments.
To initiate the transition of the building and to critically examine the implications of this looming condition of domesticity, we invited ten young designers and architects from different countries to the Broelschool Demolition Workshop. During the workshop, the participants collectively designed and built a path through the building and created a series of graphical and physical interventions on the architecture of the school. Their work reveals hidden aspects of the original construction and cuts shortcuts and slices through the walls, leaving traces of a timeline of the home as well as original literature commissioned from contemporary authors. Using the building itself as a source of reusable material, the workshop predates the destruction and celebrates the transition of the school into its future.
A project by Space Caviar (Joseph Grima, Martina Muzi, Tamar Shafrir)
In collaboration with: Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual) and officinaGISTO (Alessandro Mason)
Broelschool Demolition Workshop participants: Simon Beckmann, Raphael Coutin, Vanessa Gerotto, Andrea Levorato, Marina Mangiat, Giulio Margheri, An Pan Thi Khanh, Roel Van Herpt, Joan Vellve, Leanne Wijnsma
The use of the Broelschool was made possible by Leopold de Keyser.
Special thanks to: Pieter Blondé, Céline Lagae from Interieur 2014, Pieter Michiels from Buda Lab, Jan Boelen, Gaia Cambiaggi and Lorenza Baroncelli.
Photos by Delfino Sisto Legnani