Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
BelgiumCompany Name: Muller Complete Afbouw België BV
Full renovation and expansion of museum
Drastic, comprehensive renovation and restauration of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (Belgium). In addition to the work on the existing museum, four of the building’s historic patios were converted into new museum space, increasing the exhibition space by 40%. Thanks to all this work, the 19th-century KMSKA building is now future-proof. Two different worlds have been brought together in one building.
A difficult task
Specific technical requirements (bearing capacity, fire resistance, finishing, etc.) were set for this challenging renovation. Muller Complete Afbouw België succeeded in completing it to perfection, in close collaboration with Gyproc® and the architect, who monitored the detailed execution closely.
With its bright white exhibition halls, hidden rooms, long staircases, far-reaching sightlines and varying gradations of daylight, the new museum charts a route full of surprising vertical experiences, all made possible by the Gyproc® solutions.
20 000 m²
Government of Flanders
Department of Youth,
Culture and Media
Company name: Muller Complete Afbouw België BV
Main Representative: Jef Ponsen
Number of collaborators: 30 persons (project management, calculations, sales, etc.), 250 regular subcontractors for carrying out on-site work
Specialties: Plasterboard walls and ceilings, Modular ceilings, Plasterwork
Founded in: June 2011
Biography: Set up in 2011 to serve the Belgian market. Specialists in plasterboard and plasterwork. Private projects, office developments, hospitals, rest homes, etc. Various target groups; large and small projects. Its knowledge, flexibility and project management set it apart.
Innovation Partner: Saint-Gobain Construction Products Belgium NV – GYPROC
Contractors: Muller Complete Afbouw België BV
- Great heights – Ave. wall height: 7 metres – Max. wall height: 14 metres
- Vast surfaces – Walls up to 50 metres in length
- Bearing capacity – A specific wall structure, with reinforced profiles, was developed to cope with the heavy artworks
- Fire resistance – Fire resistance requirements for public buildings. The wall structure was not simple owing to the height of the walls, and this posed a challenge in terms of execution and the requirement specific to Belgium
- Details and finishing – Seamless finishing around lighting, etc., and perfectly smooth finishing of extremely high walls
- 22 different wall types – 22 different wall structures for dividing walls and wall facings, spread over multiple storeys
- Timeframe for the renovation – 5 years
- Huge budget
- Climate control – To preserve the artworks in the best possible condition, climate controls were built into the walls in all rooms.
- Transport – Owing to the historic nature of the building, no goods could be delivered through the window openings. All the materials had to be delivered through an opening in the roof or a ground-floor side entrance and then taken to the right location using the service lift.
- Installer, architect and Gyproc® collaborated closely
- Development of new wall type, including bearing capacity testing
- Execution of unique, challenging ceiling structure – fire test carried out specifically for this structure and project
- High level of finishing
- Excellent preparation and project execution – All the walls were numbered and delivered on the basis of the planning.