The Rubens House museum in Antwerp is being renovated. A (more or less) new feature will be the garden, which will act as an open air museum exhibition hall. 365 and 366 days a year.
“The new garden will be a museum room without a ceiling. Thanks to the color advice of fashion designer Dries Van Noten, the future garden will sparkle in every season: you will discover 365 color shades per year”, the Rubens House website says.
A much denser vegetation comes through a deciduous corridor and two arcades with vistas. 8835 plants are planted: 39 trees, 4170 perennials, 612 climbing plants, 3150 flower bulbs and stinzen plants, 346 shrubs, 438 hedge plants; 30 orangery plants and 50 aquatic plants.
In the middle of the city, this garden contributes to a better climate. The planting mitigates the higher temperatures, the flooding during heavy rainfall, the city noise and the large amounts of CO2 and particulate matter in the air. The garden will also be accessible to all visitors; also for less mobile people and prams.
Work on the new garden will start in the autumn and the current garden will no longer be accessible to visitors. The Rubens House itself will remain open until January 8, 2023.
The design was made by Ars Horti, in collaboration with the Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed or Real Estate Heritage Agency.
New garden project
The yew hedges and the perennials from the ground floor will be moved to the Schoonselhof cemetery. The few lime trees that are cut are processed into furniture for the Rubens House. The majestic yew tree, which is 250 years old, remains standing.
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