ART ACADEMY MAASTRICHT
W.M.J. ARETS, 1990-1993, Herdenkingsplein 12, Maastricht
Wiel Arets Architects
Buildings for education
Arets has enlarged the existing complex with two new portions joined by a footbridge doubling as a gateway to the square (Herdenkingsplein). The new-build comprises an auditorium, a library, the canteen and a roof garden, all skewered together by a ramp which continues on over a pedestrian bridge to the second new portion of studios and workshops. The entire building is in familiar Arets garb with exposed concrete, glass block and black-painted steel uppermost. The result? A quiescent, almost poetic ambience that stands out starkly against the chaotic if colourful image of an art school.