Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve

Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve

Open, international, 2-stage, RfP

Louvain, Belgium

12 Dec 2007 – Registration Deadline

12 Dec 2007 – Stage 1 Submission Deadline


The Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)


Open, international, 2-stage, RfP


Louvain, Belgium


English, French

But all the competition documents have to be written in French. Candidates must be able to speak enough French to carry out the second phase of the competition and, if necessary, to conduct the conception and building process of the new museum.


15 Nov 2007 – Competition Launch

12 Dec 2007 – Registration Deadline

12 Dec 2007 – Stage 1 Submission Deadline

01 Feb 2008 – 3 to 5 Stage 2 Finalists Announced

15 Feb 2008 – Stage 2 Program Released

15 May 2008 – Stage 2 Submission Deadline

15 Jun 2008 – Winner Announced

2009 until mid 2010 – Construction of Building


Architects worldwide


To be announced


The first phase is not remunerated.

Architects taking part in the second phase will receive a lump sum of EUR 5,000 incl. V.A.T. The award winner’s remuneration is fixed at EUR 550,000 incl. V.A.T. (5% of the budget for the building, 11,000 EUR, not including furniture and modification of the surrounding neighbourhood).


EUR 500


The Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) intends to build a new museum next to the lake of Louvain-la-Neuve. The project of a new building next to the lake of Louvain-la-Neuve will offer new opportunities for a true University Museum of Arts and Civilisations. As a token to the national and international reputation of the city, the building is intended to place the University museum among the leaders of this kind of institution in Europe, and will have a similar standing to comparable institutions in the United States. The total surface area of exhibition space in the new museum will be three times larger. This increase will allow the development of the museum’s wish to be a place for dialogue in the broad sense. Several exhibition areas will be included in the future building: an atrium, an area dedicated to the permanent collections organized into specific areas, and areas that will host temporary exhibitions as well as activity areas, an auditorium seating around five hundred, and a waterfront “theme bar.”

For the first phase of the competition, only general outlines describing the building’s integration in the area are expected. The museum’s building in itself will be detailed in the second phase of the competition, however it is necessary for the first volumetric design to concur with the museum’s specific needs.


In order to finalize their registration in the competition, architects have to

send their application documents by registered delivery to:


Place Louis Pasteur 3

B 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

In addition to registered delivery applicants must send their application

documents by e-mail to:

All applicants should pay their registration fee of EUR 500 by bank transfer

to the University’s bank account number 091-0015728-43- SWIFT: GKCC

BE BB – IBAN: BE66.0910.0157.2843

With the reference: DOM 3261 “inscription concours musée” + name of the