09/05 2016

#hetnieuwemuseum microsite launch and the interview with Dikkie Scipio

Today the Flemish Minister of Culture Sven Gatz visited the new vertical museum under construction and launched the new microsite "hetnieuwemuseum.be" documenting the renovation and extension works.

The interactive microsite shows the vertical museum design and simulation of the new rooms and museum spaces, alongside with regular updates on both the renovation and new museum works. A timelapse camera is screening the constant changes of the construction site.

The launch coincide with the second renovation phase involving the six museum courtyards: two small ones containing technical installations and four bigger ones welcoming new exhibition spaces designed by KAAN Architecten. Big voids and a new roof are at the core of the design, while the original routing of the museum is restored.

The main entrance part will feature a public library, a museum shop, a café, an auditorium, a cloakroom, toilets and workshop rooms. The renovation of the facade will start in late 2017 and the new Royal Museum of Fine Arts will open again its doors in 2019.

An extensive interview with Dikkie Scipio “Two worlds inside one museum” illustrates the design process and the vertical museum design.