Paleizenstraat 153 - 1030 Brussels
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refurbishment of the CitroŽn centre in a modern and contemporary arts museum and architecture centre

Location :
Cost :
125.000.000 EUR excl VAT
Team :
Advvt6agwA (architecten devylder vinck taillieu - 6a - AgwA) + Muck Petzet + Mathieu Wellner
Planning :
Category :
CitroŽn, a model
CitroŽn is not just another museum. First of all, CitroŽn hosts several institutions around communal spaces. Not only Civa and the Museum, but also the Kaai and why not the City. The Civa itself is multiple: archives, exhibitions, debates, etc. The museum is also multiple: several museums side by side, very different, but all under the same roof.

Found, descovered, revealed
In Andrť CitroŽn's time, the future turned its back on history. Today, the future cannot be thought of without history. So yes, the museum will be in the Garage, not in an ivory tower. The spaces of everyday life too. The Garage will be the centre, to the fullest extent of its nature and possibilities.

The Museums
The potential of the existing, infinite spaces under their roofs multiplies the museums in CitroŽn. The Museum itself, perfectly conditioned, delimited by an enclosing wall that the triangular openings link to its context; a peripheral gallery, open to the city, on the edge of the museum; the Garage, a large central unitary space, open to experimentation, temporary exhibitions, and large-scale events, in direct contact with the pier and the canal; the Showroom, a large facade in direct contact with the city centre; the Avenue, the central axis that crosses the entire centre; and finally, the Interstitial Museum, which can be found in the car parks, in the offices or in the foyers of the auditoria.

the Chevron, the gear that revolutionises
To function at its best, just as CitroŽn developed the chevron (a V-shaped gear, a formal invention that revolutionised the mechanics of the automobile engine) the old "Importer" is demolished and replaced by a "Chevron". This new building is a gear, which drives all the mechanics of the Centre. Auditorium, archives, library, offices, restaurant, ticket office, deliveries. The Chevron is marked by four spiral staircases, wrapped around a Silo which contains large double-height rooms.

the Garage, the public and the central action
Social life, shops, cafťs, and restaurants find their place in the multiple spaces of CitroŽn, feeding and being fed by their unique positions. But above all, in the centre of it all lies a new proposal: adjacent to the pier, a large unitary space, the Garage, is a potential exhibition space. But why not share its use with the city? Why not hold a market there, open it up to a beach volleyball tournament, build pavilions with the architecture schools, or a dance festival?

Inviting the Kaai
Let's be clear, it's not just a matter of offering the Kaai the opportunity to develop alongside CitroŽn. It's about putting in place the conditions to invite the Kaai to become a full-fledged player in CitroŽn. It brings its own specificities, its incomparable quality, its culture. It has a large area of contact with CitroŽn, which is left as is. It is the place of exchange between the two. Rather, it is the large Garage that will form the common identity of all the actors of the place.

CitroŽn has changed but remains CitroŽn. In fact, it has reconnected with its identity. The large showroom window has become its new face on the urban space, on the boulevard and on the future square. CitroŽn is also opened to the city. The large doors of the Garage open the space to the pier, the canal and the city entrance. Finally, the Chevron, slightly set back, fits into the neighbouring volumes. The triangulated Silo brings a particular character, and the technical core, turning towards Brussels, offers a display space on scale to the city centre and the canal.

(Extract from the Competition Proposal)