The Canadian atelier Les Architestes FABG is responsible for reconstruction of an old gas station. Even though all of its components were retained and renovated, the building serves now a different purpose. The building on the Nun’s Island lost its use in 2008, so the architects decided to pay a tribute to the original author Mies van der Rohe and keep the original structure. Instead of a gas station, a store and a car repair workshop it now houses a youth and senior activity center.
Due to the flexible nature of the programming, the big volumes were left with an open layout with a modular and foldable furniture. The seniors use the larger space – the white room, while the youth occupies the smaller black room. Two opposing ends are connected by a subtle steel cantilevered roof. ‘The project is not about the faithful restoration of a monument. It is an interpretation trying to touch and communicate the essence of an artistic vision formulated by someone else in response to a world that is no longer the same. Musicians do this every day.’ – Les Architectes FABG.