The KMSKA has undergone a comprehensive restoration as well as expansion within the museum walls, cast in a master plan.
Four historic patios or courtyards of the existing building have been transformed into a new museum space.
Once again, visitors can follow the original route in the historic building as they walk through the restored stately museum rooms.
Not only the interior of the museum is undergoing a metamorphosis. With a restored façade - including a new mosaic at the entrance - and the creation of a true museum garden, a visit to the museum is sure to be a complete experience.
The historic section
A renovated roof with continuous skylight and sun blinds, brand-new technical installations and grandly refurbished rooms.
The restoration of the 19th-century museum involves more than a lick of paint. With these extensive works, the KMSKA is making the centuries-old building future-proof.
The halls regain their renowned grandeur. Historic stucco, carpentry and parquet floors were saved wherever possible and carefully refurbished. All ceilings were given one uniform colour, the wall colours vary according to the room: from Pompeii red to olive green.
The Rubens and Van Dyck halls are finished with gold decorations on the mouldings.
The new museum
The KMSKA did not opt for the classic extension in the form of an annex outside the original museum building. KAAN Architecten resolutely chose for an infill consisting of ten contemporary halls where four patios used to be, creating 40% more exhibition space.
Asymmetry reigns in these new rooms. Height, volume and lighting vary. A fascinating contrast with the symmetry of the classical building. Around every corner a surprise awaits. Moreover, the new museum cannot be seen from the old one, and vice versa. It are truly two different worlds in one single building.
The numbers in a nutshell
The renovation of the museum costs time and money. Therefore, the master plan is an ambitious feat. An overview of the works carried out:
- Estimated final budget: €100 million
- Dimensions of the museum building: W 77 m, L 130 m, H 37.8 m (up to the wings of the sculptures by Thomas Vinçotte)
- Total volume: 170,000 m3
- Total surface area of museum building: 21,000 m²
- Total surface area of public section: 13,000 m²
- Façade surface area: 10,000 m². Dimensions roof sculptures Thomas Vinçotte: W 2.80 m, L 7 m, H 6 m
- Expansion of the exhibition space by 40%
- Total floor surface internal depot: 610 m²
- Total m³ internal depot: 4,575 m³
- Available floor area internal depot: 1,055 m²
- Number of shelves internal depot, two-sided use: 152 = 304 walls and 3,660 m³
- Volume of concrete and steel removed for construction of internal depot: 1,350 tons of concrete and 81 tons of steel
- Number of working hours required for dismantling the nuclear vault: 2,448 working hours
- Volume of steel for the new museum halls: 1,000,000 kg
- Number of skylights new museum halls: 198
- Stairway to Heaven: H 18 m, 98 steps (140 kg) + 5 landings (920 kg) = 103 steps
- Surface area of parquet flooring undergoing treatment: 5,500 m²
- Number of halls: 50, of which 37 for the museum's own collection and 13 for temporary exhibitions
- Total weight paintings internal depot: 25,000 kg
- Mosaic peristyle 76 m²: 480,000 mosaic tesserae, 60 types of marble and 6,000 man-hours