Hufkens Art Gallery

Brussels (BE)

Hufkens Art Gallery

Brussels (BE)

year of implementation

1992 – 2022


Musea – Scholen – Woonzorgcentra – Hotels

surface area

650 m²

Hufkens Art Gallery is one of Europe’s leading galleries for contemporary art located in Brussels, Belgium. The gallery was founded in 1987 by Xavier Hufkens in an un-refurbished warehouse in the neighborhood of South Station (Midi) in Brussels. In 1992, the gallery moved to a 19th-century townhouse in Elsene. The building was renovated by Belgian architects Robbrecht & Daem and Marie-José Van Hee.

The sculpture garden at the back of the townhouse was designed for the first time by Wirtz International in 1992 and redesigned in 2021. Despite the limited space, the depth of the garden was optimally used in our design proposal. The organic shapes of the Mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus), make your forget the rectilinear boundary of the garden.

The four Maidenhair trees (Ginkgo biloba) and some Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus) emphasize the height, add a pleasing sense of tension & perspective and have a beautiful golden fall foliage color.

An extra-tall window enhances the connection between the art gallery and its sculpture garden. The clear link with the garden gives it a broad use and flexibility.