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Nieuwe Vleugel Design Museum Gent Foto Michiel De Cleene

Who will design our new wing?

Open Call for architects

Design Museum Gent is adding a new wing. The new building on Drabstraat will link the existing museum buildings, offer additional space and resolve a number of problematic issues like accessibility. To make this expansion possible, the urban development organisation for the City of Ghent is currently looking for a design team.

The new wing will be built on the undeveloped plot on Drabstraat, where the famous toilet paper roll is currently located. The new wing will link the existing museum buildings, thereby forming the final section of the museum. It will house a number of new museum-related functions, such as a small restoration studio and rooms for public activities and logistics. It will also be developed as a multifunctional international design forum for a highly diverse audience.

The new wing will have free admission. It will offer opportunities for co-creation and connection, exhibitions, workshops, lectures and debates. The additional space will enable the museum to serve as a host for the creative sector. The ground floor will also have a museum café with direct access to the courtyard and a shop that will sell Belgian design products.

The construction of the new wing will require the restoration of part of the existing buildings. The restoration of these buildings must be done with extreme care, as the buildings are listed historic buildings.

For the construction of this new wing, Design Museum Gent and the City of Ghent have contacted sogent to serve as the designated contractor. To find a designer for this project, the Flemish Government Architect’s Team has launched an open call. In the autumn of 2018, a maximum of five designers will be selected from the participants, who will be asked to submit a design during the second phase. The design team is expected to be appointed in the summer of 2019. If everything goes according to plan, construction will start in 2021 and end in 2023.

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