Set within the shell of a 17th-century building in the historic center of Utrecht, the BAK contemporary arts center initiates a lively dialogue between old and new. The architects inserted a 28-foot-high, glass-and-galvanized-steel element behind the old facade, creating space for service functions. Stairs, toilets, reception area, pantry, library, and storage space are all integrated into the new element. Glass floors allow visitors to appreciate the full height of the modern insertion.

Photos © Rob 'T Hart


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