Gallery: Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views Fr...

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Located on the site of a formerly abandoned dock in Antwerp, the MAS Museum is an impressive daylit building that rises 200 feet above the ground. Dutch architects Neutelings Riedijk designed the checkered red stone tower with undulating glass curtains that provide picturesque views of the historic city.

Antwerp’s MAS Museum opened its doors back in May 2011. Its name stands for Museum Aan de Stroom, which means Museum on the River. Each of the building’s ten stories is twisted 90 degrees to form a rising spiral.

Neutelings Riedijk built the building from red stone to match the shade of several important city center buildings nearby. The large panels of hand-cut red Indian sandstone from Agra are distributed over the façade according to a computer-generated pattern. The architects balanced the heavy stone facade with thick corrugated glass that provides transparency and lightness and mind-blowing views of the city — at the corners!


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