‘Westrand’ at Dilbeek, close to Brussels was designed by Alfons Hoppenbrouwers in 1973 as a concrete building, inspired by the brutalist philosophy and architecture of Le Corbusier. In the ingenious concept, the program of the building (a cultural center, restaurant, theater, public library, gallery and academy) is placed around a central indoor street with ramps, staircases, squares, bridges, a cozy fire place, hiding places, a pond, an even a concrete playground. Until today this indoor street is still a place were people could meet and children play. The building is situated on the edge of the nature reserve 'Wolfsputten'.
Alfons Hoppenbrouwers (1930-2001), was a Belgian architect, painter and emeritus professor at St Luke's Institute in Brussels.
Series taken at CC Westrand, Dilbeek (Belgium) | © Peter Chinitor | Zazourian 2012
Indoor street towards the gallery
Indoor street towards the library
Indoor street towards the exit
Deck facing the nature reserve
Connection with nature
Polished by use
Polished by use too
Tower of the playground
Window of the library