Royal Museum of the Fine Arts Antwerp

State-of-the-art climate technology to protect world famous paintings

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp is first in line to benefit from an innovative new technique for conserving priceless artwork for future generations to enjoy. The Flemish Government took action when it became clear that the 19th Century building was no longer fit for purpose; with leaks posing a threat to some of the museum’s most treasured works of art.

Following extensive research and development, Royal HaskoningDHV invented a technique to achieve the perfect climate for ancient paintings, using a 'cold curtain'of clean air, which drops from the ceiling and clings to the wall behind each painting:

"Our patented 'Object Conservation System' will maintain the highest climactic conditions required to preserve precious works of art, while significantly reducing the Museum's energy use. Already, galleries and museums from across the world are expressing an interest in adopting this pioneering new technique."

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Read more about this project in the article 'Energy savings through optimal climate control system'.