Z33 - House for contemporary art

Belgium


Plaster B-STUC SPRL

Z33 has been metamorphosed into a new, multifaced organisation for visual art, design and architecture. The new extension, together with the renovated exhibition wing, has formed a new House for Contemporary Art in the city centre of Hasselt. As the largest art institution in the area, Z33 aims to become the driving force behind future development in the artistic field in the Province of Limburg. Under its brickwork skin, the building ramifies with a complex interplay of proportions, lines of sight and daylight openings. Spacious public exhibition galleries alternate with intimate rooms. Materiality and tactility are key attributes of the interior.

Key Achievements

  • Good relationship / cooperation with the Gyproc plaster team, installer, project manager(s) and architect
  • Final result has been made possible by the high standards and demands of architect Francesca Torzo in combination with the excellent execution of the installers
  • Lifetime of plaster experience of our main installer on site, Dirk Salaets

Key Challenges

Under its brickwork skin, the building ramifies with a complex interplay of proportions, lines of sight and daylight apertures.
Spacious public exhibition galleries alternate with intimate rooms.

Our main challenges were the enormous surfaces that we had to plaster while minimising the visual transitions (e.g. plastering huge surfaces in 1 take).

Furthermore did our employees exceed everybody's expectations when it came down to technical application of the very demanding and ambitious order of the Italian architect Francesca Torzo, which came almost weekly on site to follow-up our guys’ work.

Stakeholders

Building owner: Provincie Limburg
Architect: Francesca Torzo
Main contractor: Houben - Vanhout
Photographer: Sybren Jorissen
Saint-Gobain Team: SGCP BE - Gyproc: Dimitri Reekmans (Regional Manager)

Contractor

B-STUC SPRL

B-STUC is a company based in Belgium, specialised in plasterworks, plasterboards and painting works. The “B” in B-STUC refers to Ben, who founded the company in 2007. “STUC” stands for “plasterworks”. Over the years, B-STUC has grown into a market-leader when it comes to quality craftsmanship, flexibility and reliability. In 2018, B-STUC became a family business when Ben’s son Raphaël became a member of the company. Father and son are now joining their forces, expertise and knowledge to expand and improve B-STUC’s services.