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New site photos: dazzling white

Renovation

Our site photographer Karin Borghouts takes you on a privileged tour of our brand-new, gleaming white galleries.

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Zicht op de onthaalzone onder de inkomhal

The new volume gives the museum ten new galleries. Height, volume and lighting all vary, creating an intriguing contrast with the symmetry of the classical building. The galleries are finished in white, with plasterboard walls, false ceilings and sleek, cast floors.

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View of the brand-new upper gallery Photo: Karin Borghouts
Zaalzicht bovenzaal
View of the brand-new upper gallery Photo: Karin Borghouts
Zaalzicht detail
Detailed view Photo: Karin Borghouts

Stepping up in style

The different stairways in the new volume stand out for their variety too. The longest one in the building spans a height of 22 metres, with polished concrete steps that are once again a radiant white. Other eye-catching features are the coulisse staircase, finished with black-veined marble, and the spiral staircase linking the entrance lobby with the brand-new reception zone.

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The longest staircase in the museum Photo: Karin Borghouts
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Coulisse staircase Photo: Karin Borghouts
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Coulisse staircase (detail) Photo: Karin Borghouts
Zicht op de onthaalzone onder de inkomhal
Spiral staircase Photo: Karin Borghouts
Zicht op de bezoekerslift
Gallery view

Photo: Karin Borghouts

Not a big fan of stairs?

 

Don’t worry, we also have a lift for visitors who are less good on their feet. And like our staircase, it looks fantastic!

 

You can catch a glimpse of it to the rear of this divinely white room.

Nearly finished? Not quite yet!

The museum looks like it’s almost ready to reopen in these gorgeous pictures. But not just yet, sadly. We still have a lot to do. Our climate-control system, for instance, has to run for a whole year, our iconic Rubens Gallery still needs its gold decoration and the roof of our monumental 19th-century stairwell has yet to be renovated.

What else needs to be done