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Drying Hall

2011–2013

This industrial building, part of the infrastructure for a large tree plantation in Brabant, sits in the middle of fields of potted plants of varying scales; its main purpose is a space to dry potted plants twenty-four hours before distribution. This building is the most extreme and simple incarnation of a big box: a building envelope removed from anything even vaguely referring to function—a true building without content. The process for drying plants requires currents of air to enter but meanwhile protection from rain; therefore the building is designed as a perforated perimeter with a closed roof. The perforations give the viewer the impression of an almost nonexisting building, a building through which one can still see the silhouettes of plants temporarily stored, a building that does not land in the ground but floats in space. Its simple geometry—the result of two colliding straight-angled triangles—gives the building multiple appearances from different vantage points. It sometimes appears box-like, sometimes a perforated plane. The interior of this simple yet massive structure is constructed of hybrid laminated wood beams, painted white, and steel columns, whose rhythmic placement sets the spatial experience.

Drying Hall
Drying Hall
Drying Hall
Drying Hall
Drying Hall
Drying Hall
Drying Hall
Drying Hall
Drying Hall
Drying Hall
Drying Hall
51°03'21.3"N 4°48'49.9"E

Location: Hulshout, Belgium
Type: Industry, Infrastructure

Project Team: Michael Langeder - Jan Lenaerts - Michele Zanuso - Sophie Florence Wallis
Structural Engineers: UTIL Struktuurstudies
Built Surface: 2’237 m²
Photography: Bas Princen


Posted: October 2017
Category: Architecture

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