The new Texture museum recovers both an old factory building and the memory of the flax industry around which Overleie's economic activity revolved for long time. Located in one of the roads surrounding the neighborhood, close to the river and to one of its new bridges, it is one of the new city facilities ment to redefine the role of the neighborhood.
Between the museum and the river there is an uneven empty space mostly used as a parking lot. Beside it, a series of buildings are in transformation to become new residential units.
To redefine how these pieces related to each other and the role of the public space in relation to the museum, the new housing and the neighborhood, is the objective of this proposal.
The construction of the bridge gave place to new terraced spaces between the shores of the river and the esplanade in front of the museum building. Unfortunately, the topography these spaces generate nowadays prevents a clear visual relationship between the two areas.
It seems appropriate to restablish this relationship, both to create a conceptual link between the contents of the museum and the river that is at the base of the economy around wich it revolves, and for the comfort of the users of the public space and their sense of openness.
The new public space is configured in two parts: a paved esplanade in front of the museum and a green area between the river and the esplanade.
The paved portion is clearly intended to support the flows of people entering the museum. The greea area wants to be a flexible space where, depending on the seasons and the programme of the public facility, different kinds of activities can take place. It is organized through wooden platforms that can be equipped variably and which are articulated through the paved passage at the feet of new residential buildings.