House of European History

Architects
Chaix & Morel et Associés, Paris/France
JSWD Architects, Cologne/Germany

Planning phase
2011 − 2014

Construction time
2014 − 2017

Services rendered by Werner Sobek
Facade engineering
Structural engineering (fin facade and atrium staircase)

Client
European Parliament, Brussels/Belgium

Photographers
Christian Richters, Münster/Germany
Christian Fabris, Brussels/Belgium

In May 2017, the European Parliament opened the “House of European History” museum in Brussels. There visitors 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 et Associés. Home of the new museum is 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 was comprehensively refurbished and extended to be able to fulfil the requirements of a modern museum. The conversion plans included building an extension on the courtyard, which is enclosed on three sides, and also adding three-storeys to the existing building. This offers ample 43,057 sqm of space for a permanent exhibition and 8,611 sqm of space to hold temporary exhibitions as well as an event/conference room for 100 people.