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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Herge Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium by Christian de Portzamparc

 
September 26th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Christian de Portzamparc

Fanny Rodwell wanted to create a museum intended for the work of her husband, Hergé, the Belgian creator of The Adventures of Tintin. Christian de Portzamparc designed it as strong architecture, space of surprises, events and colors. The route is an almost narrative sequence, prolonging the art of the « ligne claire » style and the color, in a space-tribute in the invention of Hergé and in the comic strip. Joost Swarte realized the museography inside rooms, which is not shown here.

Image Courtesy © Nicolas BOREL

  • Architects: Christian de Portzamparc
  • Project: Herge Museum
  • Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • Photography: Nicolas BOREL, Christian de Portzamparc, Steve MUREZ
  • PROGRAM: Cultural facilities accommodating a museum dedicated to Hergé, as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions areas, a video projection room, a cafeteria, shops, studios, storehouses and administrative premises.
  • CLIENT: La Croix de l’Aigle SA, Fanny et Nick Rodwell, Studios Hergé
  • Client representatives: INCA – Walter de Toffol
  • MUSEOGRAPHY: Joost Swarte
  • LANDSCAPE DESIGNER: Jacques Wirtz
  • SURFACE: 3,600 sq.m.

Image Courtesy © Christian de Portzamparc

Located on the outskirts of Louvain-la-Neuve where, along a quayside, the town overlooks a park, the volume of the museum is an elongated prism which seems to float in a forest of mature trees. The road winds below. From the quayside, a footbridge reaches out towards the museum as it would towards a boat. Looking at the Musée Hergé, what we see at first is a colored and dreamlike interior.

Image Courtesy © Nicolas BOREL

This internal world – the simple volumes of the reception area – is glimpsed through large glass windows resembling comic strip frames. A tower-like elevator rises through the floors of the four opaque volumes of the museum, each with its own personality and color, where the rooms dedicated to the artist and staged by Joost Swarte are situated.

Image Courtesy © Nicolas BOREL

Each of these volumes is a kind of character. Each carries an over-sized extract of Hergé’s touch. To these four «objects» we can add a fifth, the vertical elevator shaft in white and dark blue.

A dreamlike mixture of nature and city, the project mixes indoors and outdoors, small and big. Did we enter a drawing? The spirit of Lewis Carroll is not far away.

Image Courtesy © Nicolas BOREL

Image Courtesy © Nicolas BOREL

Image Courtesy © Nicolas BOREL

Image Courtesy © Nicolas BOREL

Image Courtesy © Nicolas BOREL

Image Courtesy © Nicolas BOREL

Image Courtesy © Nicolas BOREL

Image Courtesy © Christian de Portzamparc

Image Courtesy © Christian de Portzamparc

Image Courtesy © Christian de Portzamparc

Image Courtesy © Christian de Portzamparc

Image Courtesy © Christian de Portzamparc

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