Conceptual design, december 2008 © Beyers Blinder Belle/Arcade
Leading architects draw up plans for new future
The Red Star line site is to be assigned a new future as a memorial area and museum about migration and international mobility.
The American architectural bureau Beyer Blinder Belle and the design bureau Arcade are restoring the Red Star Line buildings and designing the future site. Beyer Blinder Belle also renovated the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and Grand Central Station in New York.
For many Red Star Line passengers the port warehouses on the Rijnkaai represented the last stop on the European mainland. Today the site is one of the rare physical testimonies remaining of the exodus of tens of millions of Europeans to the New World. The designers aim to maximize these historical features.
- In the large warehouse, visitors will be able to follow the same route taken by third-class passengers almost one hundred years ago. Thus, the building itself will become part of the museum story. It will be possible to admire important items from both city and private Red Star Line collections.
- The oldest building on the corner of the Rijnkaai and the Montevideostraat will acquire a dynamic addition with interactive installations, films, statistics and maps related to migration flows, both past and present.
- The former luggage warehouse will become an open space for temporary exhibitions and public events.
- Centrally located between the three buildings the designers plan a tower structure with a lookout platform over the Scheldt.
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