The flexibility with which looking back and looking forward merge into one another, and the almost parallel application of several different strategies in dealing with history, is also a feature of the ‘De Ververij’ art academy and cultural centre in Ronse. Created by evr-Architects out of the industrial ruin of a textile factory from 1911, the original structure of the factory, with pillars positioned on a strict grid layout, has been retained as much as possible. The architectural idiom employed is so tender towards the existing building that a casual visitor would think that the factory had emerged unscathed from its decades-long period of dereliction.
But evr really did make changes. In the centre of the building, they created a patio to allow daylight into the surrounding rooms and to create an outdoor podium.This text is based on an article by Sofie De Caigny, published in Flanders Architectural Review N°12: Tailored Architecture.