After two years of construction, the Musée Hergé 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.
SCENOGRAPHY: Joost Swarte
LANDSCAPE DESIGNER: Jacques Wirtz
SURFACE: 3 600 m_ SHON
CLIENT: « La Croix de l’Aigle » S.A. : Fanny et Nick Rodwell, Studios Hergé. Client representatives: INCA
ATELIER CHRISTIAN DE PORTZAMPARC TEAM : Céline Barda, Bruno Durbecq, Odile Pornin, Yannick Bouchet, Konrad Kuznicki