M HKA is a museum of contemporary art based in Antwerp. The Zuid (South) area of Antwerp is a vital residential district, located on the river Scheldt and home to many restaurants, art galleries and other cultural institutions. M HKA is the museum of contemporary art of the Flemish Community. The construction of a new building offers the unique opportunity to further expand the museum as an institution and to position it better on the international stage. The Flemish Community takes this decision in execution of the recent decretal classification of M HKA at an international level of excellence. The future project starts from the institutional history of the museum, the existing collection and its current profile.
Antwerp is strategically located in the Delta of the Low Countries. The port forms a gateway to the European continent and lies in direct proximity to Amsterdam, Paris and the German Ruhr area. The museum is moving to a location a stone’s throw from its current address. The new museum is set to be erected on the site of the former court of appeal and labour court, built on the Zuidersluis lock, which once upon a time formed the entrance to the three Zuiderdokken (South docks) and gave its name to the museum area. The courthouse lies on a central location between the planned urban park Dok Zuid and the Scheldt quays, two important urban projects which are currently in full development. Thanks to its position, the new museum will form a hinge between both. The principal expects that the construction of the museum will generate added value for the current developments. The project area is therefore conceived more broadly than the current block. The locks complex, which is preserved underground, forms the connection between the Scheldt and the former Zuiderdokken and presents a significant heritage value. The museum wishes to root itself in and connect with the city.
M&NBSP;HKA is a relatively young museum of art. In its current form, it has existed since 1983. The museum grew out of the collection bequeathed by the Gordon Matta-Clark Foundation and is the successor of the ICC, the legendary International Cultural Centre on the Meir. The museum explicitly chooses to relate to its institutional history and wishes to see aspects of that history reflected in the new building.
The museum will be similar in scale to such institutions as MACBA in Barcelona or the Museum of Contemporary Art in Warsaw. The M&NBSP;HKA has gradually acquired a highly discursive and international profile. Thanks to, among others, its participation in L’Internationale (a confederation of museums that wishes to pursue the tradition of medium-sized European museums of contemporary art), the institution combines its focus on the public with a critical sense of development. Compared to multinational museums and globally operating institutions, M HKA has a rather querying profile in terms of contemporary art and heritage activities.
As a Cultural Heritage Institution of the Flemish Community, the mission of the museum became more ambitious. Via the new construction project, with an estimated total surface area of maximum 20,000 m2, Flanders wishes to give an important impulse to cultural policy. The mission of M&NBSP;HKA is to further expand the collection of contemporary art of the Flemish Community and to manage its collection, to show the collection in a permanent display, to present itself more explicitly as a research institution, and to set up an archive department for visual arts.
Four important sub-activities are defined in the museum’s organization plan: the collection activities, the library/archive, the exhibition activities, and the forum. They each follow a different logic. They represent four components or ‘atmospheres’ with other qualities and gradations of public accessibility. They are therefore subject to other usage regimes and require different levels of equipment. In other words, the sub-activities suppose a different architectural definition.
The forum provides space for temporary events and reception of the public. The events capacity is a vital and representative part of the museum activities.
The exhibition component is a platform that can host a seasonal and rapidly changing exhibition programme.
The backbone of the collection component is a permanent, or slowly changing collection display. It is where the collection is shown and set in a historiographic narrative.
The library/archive component supports the research activity of the institution and is the most intimate public space. It comprises the former library of the museum and the documentation centre of the ICC. As research infrastructure, it must support the further development of the Centre for Art Archives.
Flanders is looking for a design team that can translate the demands of the principal into a multipurpose and efficient infrastructure and that will provide the desired institutional profile with the appropriate architectural aura. The principal attaches great importance to the process-readiness of the design team and expects the design to come into being in close dialogue with the principal.
Given the museum programme, the project lends itself to the setting-up of a process with input from artists. However, the choice of the artist or artist contribution will preferably occur in close consultation with the principal. It is therefore preferable that potential collaborations should not be arranged beforehand.
Sustainability is of paramount importance. The principle PEOPLE PLANET PROFIT must be found in the building to be constructed. To achieve this aim, the GRO sustainability metre must be used in the preparation of this file.
- Overall design-based expertise with regard to the project assignment;
- Professional competence;
- Relevant experience.
- the quality of the concept and vision and of the research by design in light of the aims and expectations of the public principal as formulated in the specifications, and this:
1.1. in a broad social and urban context
1.2. applied more functionally to the vision of the user with particular attention to museum matters
- process-orientation and process-readiness
- the approach to sustainability
- the fee
- estimate of the project cost
- team composition
- control of the project cost
The following weighting is used for the allocation criteria: 4/3/2/1/1/1/1.
The weight of the subcriteria is 1.
All-inclusive study assignment for the construction of a new Flemish museum of contemporary art in Antwerp
- Project description
- 51N4E bvba, Caruso St John
- Baukunst, Made in sàrl, STUDIO ADRIEN GARDERE
- Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa & Associates / SANAA
- MJOSE VAN HEE ARCHITECTEN bvba, Schenk Hattori AA, SUGIBERRY, Wim Goes Architectuur BVBA
- Thomas Phifer and Partners
This project will be built on the site of the Court of Appeal
- Selectievergadering: 29 Mar 2019
- Indienen: 18 Nov 2019
- Jury: 6 Dec 2019
De Vlaamse overheid, Departement Cultuur, Jeugd, Media
Bart De Baere (algemeen en artistiek directeur M HKA)
Competitive procedure with negotiation
The budget will be communicated in the second phase
min. 11% - max. 14%. Included: architecture, stability, technical installations, special technical installations (air-conditioning, acoustics, lighting, security, etc.), scenography, heritage, environment, sustainability and safety coordination.
€80,000 (excl. VAT) per candidate, 5 candidates