Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)

A. de Ville de Goyet ©

Completed in 1962, the modernist building housing the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) was the first in the world to be specially designed to facilitate the interdisciplinary study and restoration of artworks. Its modular reinforced-concrete frame construction was designed by architect Charles Rimanque. Its six floors are linked by a spectacular spiral staircase consisting of steps supported by a winding stringer. The staircase is a true masterpiece of its genre, and has, among other things, served as a backdrop for a captivating scene in Michel Gondry’s 2013 film Mood Indigo. Some of the building’s rooms, such as the director’s office and the meeting room, still have their original furniture, providing a fascinating insight into modernist interior design as well as affording breathtaking views of the city. (Protected since 6 July 2006)

KIK-IRPA’s dedicated experts will be on hand to tell you more about this fascinating building, explain their work on colour in many Brussels buildings and present the brand-new inventory of the Brussels-Capital Region’s movable heritage.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00

Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark 1, Brussels-Extensions

Advance booking required

1 5 Merode
81 Merode
61 Chevalerie - Ridderschap
22 27 80 Merode
Accessible with assistance

Accessible with assistance