The estate of sculptor Albert Hames, whose intact workshop was discovered a few years ago and listed as national monument, is the starting point of a cultural development strategy and at the roots of a new type of immersive arts centre: SPEKTRUM.
The artist's house, which he built in the 1950s on the barn of his parent's farm, has been preserved and/or rebuilt down to the most anecdotal details, by removing layers of retrospectively applied finishes.
The house now integrates the Hames gallery at its centre; the sculptor's studio as he left it after his death, two immersive tourist suites, a kitchen and a communal refectory.
As the ambition was to enhance the spatial and material richness of the original construction, particular attention has been paid to the careful integration of contemporary techniques and public building standards, all while avoiding false ceilings and drywall additions.
Behind the estate, an extension in a shape derived from the sculptor’s house, hosts 4 workshops for contemporary creation and events, as well as two exhibition and gallery spaces, along the institution’s
offices, contemporary sanitary and technical necessary for the site.