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Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows
Posted By Ana Lisa On February 18, 2013 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Daylighting,Design,Gallery | No Comments
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!
3,000 aluminum  hands embellish the façade in an homage the story that gave the City of Antwerp  its name . The same repetitive pattern continues inside the building, where writer and designer Tom Lanoye  created beautiful medallions  inscribed with poetry. Each poem is an ode to the water, the city, the people and the city’s heritage, just like the museum itself.
Because comics are an integral part of Belgian culture (remember Tintin ?), the MAS’ escalators are all decorated with illustrations. The museum’s exhibition rooms are laid with oak flooring and feature local and international art and ancient artifacts.
+ MAS Museum 
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URLs in this post:
 MAS Museum: http://www.mas.be/min.net?id=3080206
 Neutelings Riedijk: http://www.neutelings-riedijk.com/index.php?id=40,292,0,0,1,0
 Agra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agra
 corrugated: http://inhabitat.com/showraums-beute-turns-corrugated-cardboard-into-a-beautiful-hanging-light/
 aluminum: http://inhabitat.com/massive-aluminum-mountains-in-japan-illustrate-how-climate-change-works/
 City of Antwerp: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antwerp
 name: http://www.ofrevolt.com/2011/07/how-antwerp-got-its-name-or-simply.html
 Tom Lanoye: http://www.lanoye.be/tom/
 medallions: http://www.mas.be/MAS-NL/Publicatiekanalen/Musea-MAS/MAS-NL/Startpagina-MAS-NL/Startpagina-MAS-Hoofdnavigatie/Startpagina-MAS-Hoofdnavigatie-Over-het-MAS/Gebouw-en-plein/Medaillons-in-het-MAS.html
 Tintin: http://us.tintin.com/
 MAS Museum: http://inhabitat.com/time-circus-builds-a-floating-vegetable-garden-on-abandoned-ship-crane-in-the-netherlands/
 ‘live video tour’: http://inhabitat.com/take-a-live-tour-of-the-gorgeous-mas-museum-in-antwerp-right-from-your-desk/
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