The Urban Development Corporation (SAU-MSI) has purchased the Citroën-Yser building in order to develop a cultural centre of international stature there, and has facilitated the relocation of the garage’s activities.
- The SAU-MSI acquired the premises of the Citroën-Yser garage in 2015, with a view to developing a cultural centre of international stature there in keeping with the ambition of the Brussels-Capital Region. The iconic 48,000 m² building was constructed in 1933 on a plot of nearly 2 hectares, alongside the Canal. The purchase deed was signed in October 2015.
- In line with the provisions of the purchase deed, the garage remains operational while Citroën constructs a new building, scheduled for opening in late 2017. The SAU-MSI facilitated this relocation by granting Citroën a lease on land on the opposite bank of the Canal, between the TIR centre and the Tour & Taxis site.
- In June 2015, the SAU-MSI launched an international tender process for the analysis of the site’s development potential. The winning team, selected from among 17 candidates, consisted of Dutch architect Wessel de Jonge and two firms of Belgian experts. It submitted its findings during summer 2016.
- On 29 September 2016, the Minister-President of the Brussels Region, Rudi Vervoort, and the president of the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, Serge Lasvignes, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the transformation of the former garage into a cultural centre of global stature.
- On 28 April 2017, the SAU-MSI has published a call for project designers for the conversion of the site into a venue that will host various facilities including a museum of modern and contemporary art and the International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Landscape (CIVA).
Located alongside the Canal, near Place Sainctelette, the Citroën-Yser garage was built in 1933 to plans drawn up by André Citroën himself, who wanted it to be Europe’s largest garage. Given its location and its iconic character, it is a strategic site for the implementation of the Canal Plan.