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Red Star Line Museum

Location Antwerp, Belgium
Timeline 2014 - 2014

optimisation of the acoustical comfort in het museum halls

Intro

The city of Antwerp bought the existing buildings of the Red Star Line shipping company to create a memorial and a museum. This listed building has been restored and a tower overlooking the river Scheldt was added. The acoustic comfort of the museum's halls has been optimized to provide a enjoyable experience for visitors and guides.

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Client(s)
  • AG VESPA
Architects
  • Beyer Blinder Belle Architects

Story

On demand of AG VESPA, VK optimised the acoustical comfort of the museum halls, as visitors and guides experienced a disagreeable acoustical climate during their visit.

The city of Antwerp acquired the existing buildings of the Red Star Line shipping company, and decided to transform it into a memorial and museum. The museum tells the story of two million of immigrants that ventured the crossing from Europe to the United States and Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century.

AG VESPA realised the construction assignment for the city of Antwerp, renovated the listed monument and added a modern tower construction that overlooks the Scheldt river.

The design was conceived by the American architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, who in their own city also designed the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. Arcade was the engineering firm for this project, which represents an investment of 14 million euros.

In September 2013, the Red Star Line Museum was officially opened. Already over 150,000 people visited the museum.

On demand of AG VESPA, VK optimised the acoustical comfort of the museum halls, as visitors and guides experienced a disagreeable acoustical climate during their visit. The acoustical study focused on the audibility of the guides and of audio-presentations, the resonance in various areas and the noise limitation inside the museum. Based on measurements of the resonance and simulations of the acoustical comfort, solutions were proposed and developed, that resulted in an adapted and agreeable experience in the museum.

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