when architecture practice oma's new masterplan for ghent's docklands becomes a reality, many existing buildings will be replaced and new activities and residents will make the area their new home.
before this happens though, belgian creative collective rotor have stepped in to present their own interpretation of the changing neighbourhood with an exhibition in one of its abandoned warehouses, the grindbakken.
interfering with the painting process, the studio chose a number of 'areas of interest', and created 36 frames on site to protect these areas during the structure's cleaning and painting. 'it is a way to guide the eye to specific elements that have a story to tell,' they say.
“a masterplan has been designed for the docks of ghent. some buildings have to disappear while concrete will be poured somewhere else, waterside dwellers will meet new neighbours and yesterday’s practices will make way for current activities.following this plan, a 160 meter long concrete structure, the grindbakken – used in the past to transfer gravel and sand between ships and trucks – was about to be transformed into a multi-purpose area accessible to the public, supplied with water and electricity and painted white as an empty canvas for future activities.when we were asked to present a first intervention in this space, we chose to interfere in this painting process. we selected and documented specific areas of interest, and 36 frames were built on-site to protect these areas during the cleaning and painting.”
the installation is located at the dok noord in gent, and is publicly accessible 24/7 starting from september 22nd.
a project by tristan boniver, renaud haerlingen, lionel billiet, maarten gielen.
taking place in a site freshly renovated by: sarah melsens and roberta gigante with the support of ag sob
pictures by eric mairiaux and rotor