Royal Museum for Central Africa

Architect: Stéphane Beel Architecten
Client:  Regie der Gebouwen
Advisors: Origin Architecture & Engineering (restauration),  Niek Kortekaas (scenography), Michel Devisgne (landscape architecture) , Arup (stability), RCR (techniques), Daidalos Peutz (building physics and acoustics)
Location: Tervuren
Timing: 2007 - 2018
Budget: € 51.000.000
Status: realized

Project support I Process direction

Because of renovation, the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) closed its doors on December 1st, 2013 for a period of three years. When the museum re-opens, mid-2016, it will be completely changed.

The temporary association of Stéphane Beel Architecten – Origin Architecture & Engineering – Arup NL – Michel Desvigne Paysagistes – Niek Kortekaas Designers, RCR, Daidalos Peutz and Bureau Bouwtechniek was commissioned for the restoration, renovation and expansion of the museum.

RMCA's ambition is to become a leading international museum and research institute. In addition to the reorganization of the museum spaces, children's workshops, logistics and secondary spaces, there will be new exhibition halls, a cafeteria-restaurant, a reception, an auditorium and meeting rooms. The existing museum building will be left intact as much as possible.

These different interventions update the existing monument, without harming its intrinsic value.

Process direction
At Stéphane Beel Architect's request, BB observed the process direction for the RMCA. In a preliminary phase, the process director generated the project's administrative, technical construction-, organisational, planning and financial information. Based on this data, BB drew up a detailed process planning with realistic timing and clear allocation of tasks for each phase. Specifically for this mission, BB also supervised the preparation of the requirements programme for the scenography.

During the design phase, BB played an active and leading role, while during the implementation phase and at the client's request, BB will follow the process in the background, with respect to the intended result, the planned budget and the anticipated timing.

Team BB : ir. arch. Nadja Van Houten