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Restoration of the "Janlet" wing, KBIN, Brussels

A second life for the Natural Sciences Museum 

photo by Ivan Put, 2009

The wing named after Emile Janlet was built between 1898 and 1905 as an extension to the monastery wing in which the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has been housed since 1891. During the 20th century, various renovations have substantially disrupted the logic of the original museum.

The restoration concept as developed by Sum was intended to restore the architectural logic of the building, coupled with organising the building according to the contemporary museum and scientific concepts. In this way, the museum circuit in the Janlet wing was optimized. The well-known Iguanodons from Bernissart have been given a new home in hall 1 and the terraced hall on the second floor has again been put to use as an exhibition space. In addition to this, the museum track has been extended by the construction of new stair and lift connections. Moreover, the fire safety of the building has been improved and accessibility for the disabled has been assured.


Except for the museum facility in the publicly accessible spaces, the research centre in the Janlet wing has been reorganised. The archives and laboratories in the basement were optimized and adapted to the needs of the research centre. An effort was also made to reorganise the optimal crossing of public and research flows in the wing.



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Régie des Bâtiments



in collaboration with

Bureau d'Etudes Greisch sa (stability)
Ingenium sa (techniques)


realisation 2003 - 2009
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