New step in transforming the Bourse into an art gallery and beer temple
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    New step in transforming the Bourse into an art gallery and beer temple

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    The renovation and transformation of the Palais de la Bourse in Brussels was one step closer to being completed on Friday. The area from the Grand Place to the pedestrian zone in the centre boulevards will be a public gallery, and the upper levels will be a “beer temple”. Three imposing brass chandeliers have now been installed on the façade. They were designed by architects.

    These architects gave a summary of how the project is advancing in front of Brussels Councillors Philippe Close (Finance and Big Event Tourism) and Mohamed Ouriaghli (Communal Property). The building permit request needs to be submitted before March.

    Philippe Close hopes that the permit will arrive before the end of the year. Bidding for the project will start soon. Work should start in 2018, and it is expected to open to the public before 2020. They are hoping for 400,000 visitors a year.

    The renovation project will mean that 11,000 m² of the building could be occupied. Euronext currently uses 1,500m².

    Representatives for the Borsa architect team say most of the work will be done on the facades. Three new entrances, one at the back and two at the sides, will provide access to a public gallery that will cross the edifice.

    The permanent exhibition on beer and Belgian brewers will be on the upper levels.

    The archaeological site Bruxella 1238, accessible from the Bourse building, will be cleaned up and lit thanks to exterior light from brass bins along the renovated rue de la Bourse. Brass will be used a lot in the project, including the chandeliers installed above the main stairs on Friday.

    Sarah Johansson (Source: belga)