House of European History

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

Planning time
2011 − 2014

Construction time
2014 − 2017

Services 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 4,000 sqm of space for a permanent exhibition and 800 sqm of space to hold temporary exhibitions as well as an event/conference room for 100 people.