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6a and Sergison Bates shortlisted for Antwerp Maritime Museum

Site of new maritime museum in north Antwerp, Belgium
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London’s 6a architects and Sergison Bates are competing for a new £10.6 million maritime museum in north Antwerp, Belgium

The practices have been named on rival teams shortlisted for the new landmark cultural facility which will be constructed within a former dry docks complex masterplanned for redevelopment by the Flemish Government Architect, Vlaams Bouwmeester.

6a is part of a team featuring local firms architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, Bureau Barbara Van der Wee, Denis Dujardin BVBA and doorzon interieurarchitecten.

Sergison Bates has meanwhile teamed up with Belgium’s noAarchitecten while other finalist teams include Atelier Kempe Thill Architects with Origin Architecture and Engineering; Barozzi Veiga from Spain; and local outfit Hub.

Planned to complete in 2019, the museum will form the centrepiece of a new ‘Maritime Park’ planned for the former industrial site located between the city and its old and new harbours.

The new £10.6 million facility will feature items from the city’s collections including iconography, model ships and maritime paintings along with larger objects such as steam engines. Conservation workshops, museum offices, cafeteria and education rooms will also be delivered.

The scheme will convert an existing workshop complex which includes a listed 1895 pump-house and deliver additional new build spaces. Nearby landmarks include the Antwerp Port House by Zaha Hadid Architects.

6a architects is currently shortlisted in a separate contest to re-masterplan the city’s historic Rubenshuis Museum site. The week the studio was also announced as one of six practices competing for a £21 million cultural centre within Sheffield’s Park Hill estate.

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