7 teams compete for a new Pompidou branch in Brussels

Brussels is going to have a Pompidou outpost in a former Citroën garage. To design this new Citroën Cultural Centre which aims to be the biggest cultural space in the Europe’s capital, 92 teams submitted their initial proposals in June. This was a really impressive bad-ass list. Submissions came from BIG, Foster + Partners, Henning Larsen Architects, Lacaton & Vassal, MVRDV, RCR, SANAA, Snohetta, Sou Fujimoto, Zaha Hadid Architects, but non of them made it to the final shortlist.

Seven selected teams which must submit their vision for the future cultural centre by 23 December 2017 are:

  • 51N4E, Caruso St John Architects
  • ADVVT, Agwa, 6A
  • Diller Scofido + Renfro, JDS Architects
  • Lhoas & Lhoas, Ortner & Orter
  • Noa, EM2N, Sergison Bates
  • Office, Christ & Gantenbein
  • Oma (Rem Koolhaas), Wessel De Jonghe.

One of them will be responsible for a development of a 35 000 m2 (about 370 000 ft2) space consisting of:

  • a museum of modern and contemporary art (15,000 m2);
  • an architecture centre (10,000 m2);
  • public spaces, open to all, to be used for cultural, educational and recreational functions (10,000 m2).

Budget is 125 million euros (or 145,7 million dollars) plus VAT which makes it 3 570 euros per m2.

This is highest calibre competition this year in Europe and every architect should keep an eye on it. We certainly will and keep you posted.

News via Citroën Cultural Centre

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