Renovation of the Conservatoire of Brussels KCB 2022
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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 Such an outdated infrastructure is not an ideal study environment and their condition also threatens the valuable instruments and the sublime library.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.

Jan D'haene - Director KCB
Jan D'haene
Director KCB

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.

Renovatie van het conservatorium van Brussel KCB 2022
Renovatie van het conservatorium van Brussel KCB 2022
Renovatie van het conservatorium van Brussel KCB 2022
Renovatie van het conservatorium van Brussel KCB 2022

Info session 18/05/2022

The Conservatoire of Brussels, a building of historical value and an emblematic place for music lovers, will be renovated.

Two main objectives form the basis of the project: restoring and rehabilitating a piece of Brussels heritage, and meeting the current needs of its users.

Now that the master plan has been finalised and the project validated by the Royal Commission for Monuments and Sites, we would like to present the project to you and give you the opportunity to ask us your questions before the permit application is submitted.

Would you like to know more? Then we invite you to an information session on the 18th of May at 11.00 or 19.00 in the Concert Hall.
Registration at the bottom of the page.

Info sessions in Dutch and French.

Subscribe to the info session of 18/05 at 11h >> here

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Renowned personalities at the press conference

Renovation of the Conservatoire of Brussels KCB 2022
Renovation of the Conservatoire of Brussels KCB 2022
Renovation of the Conservatoire of Brussels KCB 2022
Renovation of the Conservatoire of Brussels KCB 2022
Renovation of the Conservatoire of Brussels KCB 2022
Renovation of the Conservatoire of Brussels KCB 2022
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