Sergison Bates beats Mecanoo to €60m Belgian art centre

Sergison Bates - Leuven performing arts centre - facade

Hopeful architects included Tony Fretton and Caruso St John

Sergison Bates has won a €60m competitition to create a new performing arts quarter in Belgium.

Other practices that entered the international contest included Caruso St John with 51N4E, Allies & Morrison, Sam Jacob, DRDH, Tony Fretton, Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen and Robbrecht en Daem, 

Sergison Bates – and its partners, Antwerp-based Studio ELD and theatre and acoustic designers Charcoalblue – were chosen from a shortlist of five featuring Mecanoo, Henning Larsen, Copenhagen’s Cobe and Mexico’s Productora.

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