THE MAIN EXTERIOR STAIRCASE
A CREATION BY JEAN NOUVEL & MDW ARCHITECTURE
The existing staircase was made of scaffolding, an element both stable and ephemeral, which can be assembled and dismantled countless times.
This structure itself therefore suggested a poetic concept of enduring time and transformation. For this very reason the staircase was preserved. However, it needed to exist in conjunction with the building to which it provides access, so that the entrance heralds the new museum: visitors should be greeted by an appropriately surprising element.
The playful dimension of this approach to design fits in with the cheery visual aspect of the Plasticarium collection on show to the public.
The Trade Mart has an interesting façade, with its vertical alignment and bronze coloured mirrored panels, which reflect the thick vegetation of the surroundings.
1985, GUY BAUCLAIR
The monumental sculpture in the garden at the Design Museum Brussels was created by Guy Bauclair for the 10th anniversary of Trade Mart in 1985, hence its title.
Guy Bauclair studied sculpture at La Cambre. He won renown in the creation of the monumental sculptures for the National Bank of Belgium and for the Buro Design Center (Brussels).