Robbrecht and Daem Architects have designed a new reception building for the Rubens House. With a multimedia experience centre, a museum café, a reading room and the Rubenianum’s extensive library collection, the design is an important link in the future vision for the Rubens House and the Rubenianum.
The new building at 13 Hopland provides breathing space for the entire site, as well as a new routing that will increase and deepen understanding of Rubens’ work and life. From Wapper – where the temporary pavilion will disappear and there will once again be an unobstructed view of the façade – visitors will move towards the new building.
In addition to Robbrecht and Daem’s interventions, the museum garden will be completely redesigned as a central connecting element, with respect for the past as well as responding to new needs. Interventions will be inevitable in the artist’s residence too. The master plan sets out to optimize climate control, experience and accessibility.
Building will commence in the autumn of 2021 and will be carried out in phases. An important lever for the development of this future vision is a grant from Tourism Flanders. The City of Antwerp is backing the integrated plan with a generous investment.