The conversion of the former citroën garage into a museum and cultuurpool goes to NoaArchitecten, which is associated with EM2N (Zurich), and Sergison Bates Architects (London).
With a budget of 125 million euros (without vat), this is one of the largest projects ever in Brussels. There is an area of about 39.000 square feet available. The combination around NoaArchitecten out of seven finalists. Including Rem Koolhaas, and further Belgian combinations as Office, ADVVT, 51N4E, JDS and Lhoas & Lhoas.
The winner chose as project title, ” A platform for Brussels’. It sees the cultuurpool Kanal as a ‘lively, vibrant and dynamic uitwisselingsplek that all the inhabitants of Brussels can speak’. According to the jury, are looking for the project connection at the near socio-cultural field, and there is an integration with the nearby Kaaitheater.
The project maintains all the iconic elements of the current building and strengthened them even. So is the flagship showroom further openwork. Downstairs there is space for cultural activities, above a restaurant. The signature white frieze extended around the entire building. He is given the function of the ticker, either for information or as part of an art project.
The large inner street in the building leads to three large boxes in a box’ in the former workshops. There are, respectively, the museum for modern and contemporary art, architecture, and an auditorium with 400 seats. The exhibition rooms of the museum are spread out over four levels.
There were 92 applications for the architectural competition. The construction begins in the autumn of 2019. The official opening is scheduled for the end of 2022.