Thomas Olbrechts - Westrand

Recorded at Westrand in Dilbeek, just outside of Brussels. The Westrand building is set in a nature reserve and was designed by Alfons Hoppenbrouwers ( ° 1930 - + 2001) in 1968 and was completed in 1973. Hoppenbrouwers was an engineer, architect, painter as well as a teacher and is often associated with brutalism in architecture. The Westrand building functions as a cultural centre, theatre and library and has open and publicly accessible spaces which have different polyvalent functions. There is a concrete children's playground with a pond, tunnels and ramps, a fireplace and viewpoints onto the nature reserve ( which is also accessible and in return offers views on the building).