Musée Hergé / Christian de Portzamparc

After two years of construction, the designed by Christian de Portzamparc is complete.  Situated in a forest and connected by a footbridge to Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, the museum is dedicated to Belgian artist and Tintin author Hergé.  The museum highlights Hergé’s life and works through cultural facilities, permanent and temporary exhibition areas, and a video projection room.

Images and more about the museum after the break.

“It was at the close of the exhibition, organized by the Pompidou Centre about me in 1996, that I met Fanny and Nick Rodwell. They had seen the exhibition, liked it, and wanted to talk to me about their project for the Hergé Museum…Hergé had not only cradled and enchanted my own childhood, but he was also cradling and enchanting the childhood of my children,” explained de Portzamparc.

When finding inspiration for the museum, Portzamparc immediately looked to the ideas and figures present in Hergé’s writings.  Although it took almost a decade for those images to transfer into an architectural language, the result is a space that richly commemorates the famed author.  ”What is clear to me, now that the museum exists, is that there were infinite sources of inspiration for the project,” explained de Portzamparc.

The museum is separated from the town, a location Portzamparc found to be advantageous in allowing the visitor to experience and focus on the “four landscape objects”.  These four objects are different exhibition areas that illustrate various “kinds of character” through experimenting with form, color and design derived from Hergé’s drawing style.   Meandering footbridges link the exhibition spaces while large, comic-strip-like bay windows allow natural light to fill the spaces.

As seen on Dezeen.  Photographs are copyright Nicolas Borel and Hergé/Croix de l’Aigle.



SURFACE: 3 600 m_ SHON

CLIENT: « La Croix de l’Aigle » S.A. : Fanny et Nick Rodwell, Studios Hergé. Client representatives: INCA

ATELIER TEAM : Céline Barda, Bruno Durbecq, Odile Pornin, Yannick Bouchet, Konrad Kuznicki

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Musée Hergé / Christian de Portzamparc" 01 Jul 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Sofie

    I Love Hergé,
    I Love Kuifje (TinTin),
    I’m not so sure about the building…

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  • PanamArq

    I don’t like that it is so literal with the artwork and signature on the facade. More abstract is better I think

  • Opium

    portzamparc is just so…this is so…again so…oh god i think i’m going to throw up…remember this guy won a pritzker…it just goes to show how much ponderation goes into this decisions.

  • SD

    Portzamparc…….Overrated second rate architect!


    • docksi

      This guy won a pritzker, and also many other french and internationnal prizes, have a 80 peoples strong office, he’d build in NYC, Almere(NL), Belgium, Luxembourg, Fukuoka (JP), Berlin, Brazil,Paris and many other place all around the world, won his last competition in Casablanca versus OMA, Hadid, Gehry and Mecanoo! And he has also re-invented the parisian urbanism in the 70′s with the “hautes formes” (words of F. Rambert, president of french institute of urbanism…).

      SD, Do you still thinking he is an overrated second rate architect? Seriously…I don’t really like this building, but I think you just can’t say that.

      • Michael

        I like Docksi

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  • Laurent Herbiet

    I guess this guy never even read TinTin, this building should be called Nasty Excess of Ill-Chromatic finished Gypsum Board Museum.

    Like Capitaine Haddock would have said: Pontzamparc est un bougre de sauvage d’aérolithe de tonnerre de Brest! Cherchez donc le chateau de Moulinsart, achetez le chateau de Cheverny et voila votre musée!

    To build a museum for cartoons does not mean to build a cartoon.

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  • Case

    That front shot is pretty cool, but I give more credit to the photographer for the composition. The rest of the building just feels very contrived.



  • Lasse

    I like the artwork on this building, I just dont like that is put on a canvas and added to the building.. Integration is the way to go:) and perhaps smaller scale..

    I don’t think they took “the infinite amount of inspiration” very far, the colors are too cold and weak to really give the spaces any of the pleasant atmosphere I remember from the comic books.

    A full scale model of the rocket would have been cool, yes obvious I know, but imagine standing next to it…..

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