Contest launched to design Belgian architecture and art centre

An international competition has been announced to design a $120m architecture-themed outpost of Paris’ Pompidou Centre in Brussels, Belgium.

The contest seeks proposals to transform an Art Deco Citroën garage in the city centre into a multi-purpose museum also focusing on contemporary art, which will be run in conjunction with the French cultural facility.

But the major feature of the 35,000m² Citroën Cultural Centre will be a 10,000m² architecture museum, which will be operated by Brussels’ International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture & Landscape.

The competition brief reads: “In a multicultural city like Brussels, where co-existence is a daily reality, we need places that bring us together, places that innovate, places that create, places that forge links. This Citroën Cultural Centre will create a connection between all the people of Brussels.

“The idea is to develop a multidisciplinary cultural venue by creating two new museums in Brussels: one dedicated to modern and contemporary art, and the other to architecture. All forms of cultural creativity will have a place here: the visual arts and architecture, of course, but also dance, drama, film, literature and music.”

The project site, known as Citroën Yser, is a 1930s Art Deco car factory, designed by French architect Maurice-Jacques Ravazé and Belgian architects Alexis Dumont and Marcel Van Goethem.

The complex occupies a prominent plot in the centre of the Belgian capital, overlooking the city’s main canal.

The judging panel will include Roger Diener of Basel-based Diener & Diener Architects, French architect Patrick Berger, Chilean architect Sofia von Ellrichshausen, and Pompidou Centre chair Steven Guttman.

The winner is set to be announced in March 2018 and the deadline for applications is  June 6.

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