Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

Architect: Kaan Architecten (NL) 
Client: Departement Cultuur, Jeugd, Sport en Media, Stafdienst Infrastructuur, Fonds Culturele infrastructuur (FoCI) 
Advisors: Royal Haskoning DHV (techniques, stability), Architectenbureau Fritz (restauration) Location: Antwerp    
Timing: 2004 –     
Status phase 1: realized
Surface phase 2: 26.500 m²
Budget phase 2: € 45.500.000 
Status phase 2: in execution  

© Render: Kaan Architecten
© Sarah Blee
© Images roof dome Artes

Project Support I Collaboration

Master plan for the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA). Project to adapt, restore and upgrade the protected museum building dating from the late 19th century, situated in the centre of a 19th century city quarter 'The South.' The building needs to be converted into a museum that meets the contemporary needs for museum management.

The master plan for the expansion of the KMSKA consists of:

  • phase 1: renovation, demolition, asbestos removal, repair work;
  • phase 2: renovation and expansion of the building with new galleries within the perimeter of the existing building. Construction of the so-called vertical museum inside the former patios and expansion towards a new upper hall.

Roof domes
198 domes were installed on the roof of the museum to capture the northern lights. This light is optimal for viewing the works of art in their most pure form. Each dome has a glass window and has a white finish in PVC.

Bureau Bouwtechniek is responsible for the complete construction-technical support of Kaan architects from the tendering phase. BB is responsible for technical assistance during the design process, the layout of the implementation plans, the blueprint of constructional specifications and estimates. BB leads the monitoring of the implementation.

Team BB: arch. Barbara Arts, ir. arch. Marie Lievrouw. arch. Nadja Van Houten, arch. Bert Van den Bergh, ass. arch. Ken Coolsaet