During the academic year 2017-2018, 25 students of the KU Leuven faculty of architecture, together with architect duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh and audiovisual artist Michiel Helbig, have designed and produced a duo of informal shelters.
Final Stage is the result of a research into the essence of ‘the roof’ in architecture. This has led to a new type of shelter made up of a series of hanging, inverted vaults that come together in one central point. The colorful, loose-hanging canvas structures create a particular atmosphere and provide shelter. The shelters were used as stage and lecture spaces for the HORST Arts & Music festival 2018.
Final Stage was designed and built in collaboration with the students of the KU Leuven faculty of architecture attending elective course In Situ + interspaces, a combination of design studios of the faculty of Architecture under the supervision of Gijs Van Vaerenbergh and Michiel Helbig respectively. In the design studio, students explored possibilities to create new spaces for a festival in the form of informal shelters. Design research led to a new typology, a figure of sorts made up of a series of hanging, inverted vaults that come together in one central point.
For HORST Arts & Music, two different versions were created. A small, yellow structure that formed a lecture space, where lectures with artists and architects could be held. And a larger, red structure with an area of 400 m² that would function as a new stage space in the orchard of the historic site.