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Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA)

Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA)

Built-in the 19th century, Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA) was conceived as a 'daylight museum' but underwent many haphazard changes over the centuries. This intervention brings back the museum's ancient grandeur by combining a thorough renovation of the historical building with a contemporary extension concealed within the existing structure. Original dark pink, green and red colours, tall columns, and ceiling ornaments in plasterwork are brought back in the 19th-century exhibition halls. Meanwhile, the new vertical museum arises as a completely autonomous entity, built within the four original patios. Wherever the new extension 'cuts' the museum's solid mass, subtle marble inlays have been added. The vertical museum charts a route full of surprises with bright white exhibition halls, hidden rooms, long staircases, far-reaching sightlines, and varying gradations of daylight. These contrasting yet dialoguing entities coexist as two different worlds in one building, both challenging and at the service of the art.

Project name

Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA)

Author

KAAN Architecten
Dikkie Scipio
Vincent Panhuysen
Kees Kaan

Edition

5
Shortlisted

Year

2020

Surface area sqm

30.000

Cost €

-

City

Antwerp

Country

Belgium

Collaborators

Management: Bureau Bouwtechniek, KAAN Architecten
Structural/MEP engineer: Royal Haskoning DHV
Lights and acoustics: Royal Haskoning DHV, KAAN Architecten
Physics and fire control: Royal Haskoning DHV, Bureau Bouwtechniek, KAAN Architecten
Restauration advisor: Architectenbureau Fritz
Contractor: THV Artes Roegiers – Artes Woudenberg

© Photographer

Sebastian van Damme

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