House of European History

Chaix & Morel and associates, Paris/France and JSWD Architects, Cologne/Germany

Planning phase:
2011 − 2014

Construction time:
2014 − 2015

Services rendered by Werner Sobek:
Facade planning and structural planning of glass
fin facade and atrium staircase

European Parliament, Brussels/Belgium

Chaix & Morel et Associés, Paris/France

The European Parliament is creating the ‚House of European History‘ museum in Brussels. It is envisaged that visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Europe and take a critical look at the questions facing Europe today. The project was planned and designed by JSWD Architects based in Cologne and the Paris studio of Chaix & Morel and associates. The home of the new museum will be the Eastmann building, which was built during the 1930s in the heart of the European quarter of Brussels. Originally built as a dental clinic, the building now needs to be comprehensively refurbished and extended to be able to fulfil the requirements of a modern museum. The conversion plans include building an extension on the courtyard, which is enclosed on three sides, and also adding three-storeys to the existing building. This will offer ample 4,000 m² of space for a permanent exhibition and 800 m² of space to hold temporary exhibitions as well as an event/conference room for 100 people.