Since September 2017, architects Inside Outside, led by designer Petra Blaisse, and the TextielMuseum have been working together on the design and realization of six large curtains, which together take up almost half a football field. The 15 meter high and 50 meter wide textile wall elements have been given a prominent place in the industrial LocHal. Instead of walls, they hang in the middle of the LocHal and separate the various user functions in an attractive and flexible way.
Two important elements from Tilburg’s history come together in the LocHal: the former NS workshop and the textile industry. The LocHal was built in 1932 as a locomotive shed where locomotives were serviced for years. The TextielLab has never before worked on such a large production for Tilburg’s use. We are therefore happy to give an insight into the process that this project entails. In the past few months, we interviewed 5 people in a 3-part mini series who told about the design, development and organization involved in the project.
Till January 5, the presentation ‘Blood, sweat and yarn – Textile for the LocHal’ can be seen in the TextielLab. In the presentation you follow the entire process of making the curtain walls.
Did you know that the LocHal has since been voted ‘Building of the Year 2019’ by the Branche Vereniging Nederlandse Architecten (BNA) in the ‘Livability & Social Cohesion’ category and has also won the public award? It also won a Dutch Design Award in the Habitat category, won a Plan Award in the Culture category and won a Golden Phoenix.