Renovation of the Conservatoire of Brussels
The Conservatoire of Brussels will be renovated
By 2028 our conservatoire will be given a complete metamorphosis. The buildings of the KCB and its French-speaking counterpart will be renovated and adapted to modern needs. Our Music students will then be able to enjoy extra music classes, two new concert halls and an optimally functioning library.
The buildings of the conservatoire, built in the period 1872-1876, are completely derelict. Such an outdated infrastructure is not an ideal study environment and their condition also threatens the valuable instruments and the sublime library. The renovation project must put an end to these situations. No less than 5 ministers are involved in this dossier, which is why the renovation has taken so long. The costs are estimated to be around 75 million euros (15 million Beliris, 20 million Federal Government Buildings Agency, 20 million from each community).
Excellent educational infrastructure
In order to meet the increasing number of students, an extension with a new building is necessary. This new building will house master classes, two new halls and an underground repository. The music classrooms have high-performance and adaptable acoustics. Thanks to the adaptable acoustics, the classes have great flexibility in use. In the new library, the students can study; it is the beating heart of knowledge of the conservatoire. In addition, the extensive collection of historical scores and artefacts will be kept in ideal conditions in a new underground storage room.
The works will start in 2024. During this period, students will be able to stay in the classrooms at the Kleine Zavel and move to the other campuses of our university college in Brussels.
The stories of pianos whose legs sank through ceilings are, unfortunately, not made up out of thin air.
Two new concert halls
The chamber music hall has a fixed seating arrangement and can accommodate 150 spectators. Curtains allow for variable acoustics. High up in the room, windows bring in natural daylight, ideal for daytime rehearsals.
Between the large concert hall and the performers' quarters, the rehearsal hall is strategically embedded in the site. The hall has a very large clear height and creates a lot of volume. Sliding wooden wall coverings in combination with sound-absorbing curtains guarantee variable room acoustics. The rehearsal hall has two large windows that overlook the gardens.