Fenix Warehouse II

Transformation Fenix Warehouse II

De gestaureerde schuifpuien van de Fenixloods II. Foto: Rubén Dario Kleimeer
Restauratie Fenixloods II. Foto: Rubén Dario Kleimeer, juli 2020
Rubén Dario Kleimeer, Fenixloods II, 16 december 021
Restauratie Fenixloods II, foto: Rubén Dario Kleimeer, juli 2020
Op het dak van de Fenixloods II, foto: Rubén Dario Kleimeer, oktober 2020
Uitzicht op de Fenixloods II, foto: Rubén Dario Kleimeer, mei 2020

Meet the builders

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The restoration

The home of FENIX is Fenix Warehouse II, which was built on Katendrecht in 1923. On the quays around this harbour warehouse, more than three million emigrants stepped aboard a ship that took them to a new life on the other side of the world. The striking harbour building designed by architect Cornelis Nicolaas van Goor is being fully restored. The structure of reinforced concrete, characteristic windows and sturdy columns is being renovated with care.

The Tornado

FENIX - MAD Architects

A theatrical staircase with a spectacular view will be added to the warehouse: the Tornado. This new viewing platform was designed by the Chinese architectural firm MAD Architects.

MAD Architects

Founded in 2004 by Beijing-born Ma Yansong, MAD Architects quickly became known as one of the world’s most innovative architectural firms. Organic and technologically advanced shapes characterise the designs. In their buildings, humans, city and surroundings come together in a flowing way. FENIX is the first European museum to be built by a Chinese architectural firm. By choosing MAD Architects, we are honouring the forgotten history of Europe’s first Chinatown.

"FENIX will be a place to wonder and to explore about the past, the present and the future. When we look at the path we’ve been through in the past, we know the future won’t be linear."
- Ma Yansong, MAD Architects