Bernard Tschumi Architects

Le Fresnoy Art Center
Tourcoing, 1991-1997

Le Fresnoy (the National Studio for Contemporary Arts) is a center for crossover artists, such as a video artist who is also a musician or a musician who is a painter. The site holds buildings from a 1920s leisure complex that included cinema, ballroom dancing, skating, and horseback riding. Although the existing structures could have been demolished to make way for new construction, they contained extraordinary spaces whose large dimensions exceeded what the limited project budget could supply. The aim was to develop a new model of a center through combinations of old and new, development and production, artistic practice and public exhibition. more

Program: Cultural, Educational, Performance