Almost two months have passed since UTOPIA Library and Academy for Performing Arts in Aalst has opened for public. In that period, the project as well as the grand opening weekend have been widely covered by local and international media, both in print and online.
Anna Winston of Dezeen has interviewed Vincent Panhuysen, one of KAAN Architecten founding partners, about the making of UTOPIA and the process behind the design. Read the full article here.
Other media platforms like Yatzer, Wallpaper and Archinect have all featured the UTOPIA project, praising its masterful integration with the old school building. The project has also received worldwide recognition with ArchDaily publishing it across its multiple international platforms in China, Brazil and wider South America. The most intensive coverage has been by the local Belgian press, which has written multiple newspaper articles about the library and academy, focusing on its importance on civic life of Aalst.
Below is a short overview of the extensive press coverage.
United Kingdom: Wallpaper Dezeen
USA Archinect ContractDesign aWorkstation
Italy Designboom URDesignmag Divisare ArketipoMagazine ProfessionArchitetto Floornature MaterialiCasa
Russia TheArchtect ADMagazine
France Architecture d’aujourd’hui
Spain DXI Magazine Revistaad TCCuadernos
China Gooood Popbee
Netherlands Architectenweb deArchitect stedebouwarchitectuur NOBB
Germany Baunetz DEAR Magazin
Thailand Handhome ThepamDesign
Greece Yatzer Elculture