Architecture competition for Citroën Cultural Centre


The Brussels-Capital Region is accepting proposals from international architectural firms to transform the former Citroën garage into a new cultural centre and art museum

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The Brussels-Capital Region’s Urban Development Corporation (SAU-MSI) has put out a call for proposals for the renovation of the former Citroën garage in the canal district. The SAU-MSI purchased the historical building of glass and steel in 2015 to create a culture centre and museum of modern art.

Architectural firms have until 6 June to submit a proposal for the renovation. A selection committee will whittle the entries down to seven, which will be required to create full design model to submit to an international jury led by Swiss architect Roger Diener.

The building measures 35,000 square metres, of which 15,000 will be devoted to the museum and 10,000 to a centre for architecture. The remaining 10,000 will be multipurpose public space, according to the region.

Some of the collection for the new museum will come from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which will also advice on the renovation. The budget for the entire project is €125 million.

The region expects to choose an architect by next year and start construction by the end of 2019.

Photo: The inside of the former car dealership offers endless possibilities for creative design
©Courtesy SAU-MSI