Ghent – Located on the ground floor of a large oval building complex erected in 1906, the XYZ Lounge is the realization of a culture and living concept supported by the Liedts-Meesen Foundation. Featuring a bar, a screening room and a lounge, the project also includes a mezzanine for small exhibitions and presentations. Designed to encourage dialogue and discussion on a wide range of subjects, the XYZ can be seen as a kind of contemporary literary salon.
It’s all about skin
The salon – a gathering of the intelligentsia for the purpose of discussing and illuminating topics of interest – dates back to the early 17th century. An international version initiated in 2008, , carries the tradition forward, as do MoMA’s Research and Development Salons. Part of this revival, the XYZ Lounge in Ghent was designed to provoke intellectual discourse. As a result, the interior itself assumes a role that is just as important as that of the host and the participants. When rebranding the historical salon to meet the requirements of a 21st-century audience, where does a designer begin? For French artist and architect Didier Fiúza Faustino, the answer was the human body.