The follies of the gate structure at De Pont - museum for contemporary art in Tilburg - are in use. The height of the follies is related to its surroundings and is determined by its functions: driveway for busses, entrance for pedestrians and a bicycle parking station.
In 1988 Benthem Crouwel created the museum for contemporary art in the factory complex of wool mill Thomas de Beer. In 1990 an urban plan for the Thomas de Beer triangle has been drawn up, commissioned by the municipality of Tilburg. This proposed urban design has been completed over the years, except for one element: the gate structure.
Adjustment of the forecourt was necessary because it lacked the allure that is expected of a leading cultural institution with an international reputation. Furthermore, the infrastructure of the area was inadequate for the ever-increasing number of visitors. The visibility of the museum from the street was obstructed and the museums’ car park became too small.
Forty parking spaces for cars are realized by separating the entrance and exit and creating a new layout for the parking area. The layout, materials and details of the implementation of the parking area are identical with the adjacent residential area. The separation between the park, museum and residential area through the existing green hedge is maintained. An open gate structure is placed for spatial separation in the direction of the Wilhelminapark.
Together with ABT consulting engineers the forecourt has become an inviting and enjoyable area for museum De Pont and the city of Tilburg.
Foto's © Edwin Mermans