kult – Kulturhistorisches Zentrum Westmünsterland
Studio: Pool Leber Architekten (Design) with Bleckmann Krys Architekten (Site)
Project: kult – Kulturhistorisches Zentrum Westmünsterland
Location: Vreden, Germany
Category: Art & Culture
Credit: Brigida Gonzáles
The “kult” is a new cultural hub for the town of Vreden and a vibrant focal point on its cultural route. Under its pitched roofs it unites the local museum, educational and recreational facilities and the cultural administration for the county of Borken. The center aims to walk the delicate line between sensitively integrating itself in the medieval heritage and establishing a contemporary landmark that actively contributes to Vreden’s cultural and social life.
Four older buildings, spanning six centuries, are fused with two brand new elements with a sculpturality that is directly developed from the context: the kult extends the small-scale structure of the housing along Vreden’s medieval wall and defines the town’s edge. The result is a coherent ensemble that frankly declares the juxtaposition of the diverse identities, which harmoniously coexist without challenging each other.
To preserve the legibility of the historical layers the facades are subtly shifted and detailed to recall the original styles. Each block is then clad with local bricks that gently change in color shade.
The inside space, in contrast with the outern skin, is articulated around solid concrete volumes in raw timber texture, with vivid yellow accents in the far ends of the central backbone axis. Central openings provide a well-balanced natural illumination and facilitate the orientation within the museum.