House of European History, Brussels, Belgium

The museum is housed in the early 20th-century George Eastman building located in the middle of Leopold Park, Brussels. The extension is accommodated in the existing courtyard and crowns the building, reinforcing the principle of composition based on the pre-eminence of the central body and axial symmetry. Composing a coherent whole, the new form completes the old in an almost familiar, expected way. Opaque prisms, which seem to be floating, can be seen through the glass envelope. This dynamic asymmetry stands in contrast to the orderly geometry of the existing Eastman building. By its strong identity and high quality, this new museum takes its place among the institutions in the European district as a new stop in the city’s cultural circuit.

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