The history of the building block of Adriaan Brouwerstraat-Korte Zeevaartstraat-Sint-Aldegondiskaai dates back to the middle of the 16th century when Gilbert Van Schoonbeke began developing the city center with the construction of three new canals and the positioning of sixteen breweries in between the quays.
'De Tempst' brewery is part of this building campaign. In the course of the 19th century the buildings were split up into different lots and their use was changed to housing and from the beginning of the 20th century the parts were also used as warehouses.
In terms of interior, the building in the Korte Zeevaartstraat 2 has the highest value. This is currently a restaurant. Old interior elements were preserved, the wooden floors, the rafters with the engraved numbering, the recuperated 18th-century entrance door, the wooden beams with engraved white stone supports on the first floor.
At the start of the project in 2012, the former café stood in decay at the Sint Aldegondiskaai in the shadow of the MAS, and had been uninhabited since 1976.
With a meticulous restoration plan for the buildings, and the thoughtful insertion of a new interior, we succeeded to preserve the character of the architecture. Instead of restoring the building to its (too) perfect old glory, in which case it would have end up in a chronological vacuum, a new interpretation has been attempted with modest contemporary additions and details, with inspiration from the past and looking out to the future.
Old building materials and techniques have been reinterpreted in a contemporary way in the interior and facades (steel windows, mineral plaster, wooden floorboards and visible grids, ...).
The technical installations necessary for the restaurant were added anew and kept hidden from sight.
The illumination of the façades was subtly placed within the edges of the window openings creating a special light play.