Sergison Bates | Pompidou Kanal

Transforming the former Yser Citroën car factory

"The idea for the Kanal project is trusting what is already there, the building ‘as found’. Our approach is not based on reverence for historical heritage, nor on stripping out or neutralising the layers the Citroën factory has accrued over its long life. We want to retain the memory of the work, the patina of the building’s long history, to anchor it spatially and historically in the city. What we want to create is not a container, but a social catalyst, that can be appropriated and is capable of adapting to the most disparate uses."

Stephen Bates, Partner

Sergison Bates | Pompidou Kanal

Transforming the former Yser Citroën car factory

"The idea for the Kanal project is trusting what is already there, the building ‘as found’. Our approach is not based on reverence for historical heritage, nor on stripping out or neutralising the layers the Citroën factory has accrued over its long life. We want to retain the memory of the work, the patina of the building’s long history, to anchor it spatially and historically in the city. What we want to create is not a container, but a social catalyst, that can be appropriated and is capable of adapting to the most disparate uses."

Stephen Bates, Partner

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