Renovation of the Royal Belgian Museum of Natural Sciences

Best Implemented Project of Temporary or Permanent Museum Exposition

About the project
In the museology of today quality prevails over quantity.
For this reason as for many technical reasons the Belgian Royal Museum of Natural Sciences has been completely renovated starting with the addition of a new circulation scheme, the research laboratories and the archives. This enabled a phased renovation of the museum itself starting with the Gallery of the Dinosaurs (the spectacular collection of Iguanodons of Bernissart). The next phase was the restoration and new lay out in the Gallery of the Evolution. Recently the “Living Planet”, the last section opened its doors. Together with the “BiodiverCity” hall – on biodiversity in the city – (opened in 2010) this hall of the “Living Planet” hosts the Biodiversity exhibition of the Museum.

Brussels, rue Vautier 29, Belgium 

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Applicant and authors of the project
SumProject is a Belgian — Brussels based — ‘context oriented’ multidisciplinary studio of architects, urban designers, and urban planners.
SumProject focuses on urban architectural projects: re-use / (new in old), restoration of heritage buildings and reconversion of existing buildings/sites.
SumProject stands also for qualitative urban spaces, improving the living environment of our cities.
Sum always stands for dialogue and human exchange, also within the various partnerships.

Other participants
Project engineers — Greisch (structural engineers — consulting) — Ingenium (technical engineers — consulting)
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Federal Minister responsible for the Scientific Institutions
Federal Building Agency (managing body for the properties of the Federal Government)