Brussels changes every day, and often I can barely remember what a given place used to look like, more than thirty years ago when we still lived in the center of our capital. Muntplein, located between Wolvengracht and Schildknaapsstraat, has been one of the most important squares within the Vijfhoek since the early days of Belgium. Its name originates from the mint that occupied the area until 1890. Consequently, the neoclassical opera building from 1819 is still known today as the Muntschouwburg.On August 25, 1830, the opera performance of 'The Dumb Girl of Portici' or ‘La muette de Portici’ was held to celebrate King William I's birthday. While there were deeper underlying causes, this performance triggered the riots that eventually led to Belgium’s independence. Across the street from the Muntschouwburg, you can find today's the Muntcentrum, established in 1971 and it is this building that currently is undergoing a redesign. A jury has selected a Norwegian and the Belgian architectural firm to collaboratively transform the Muntcentrum into a mixed-use complex comprising residences, offices, and a hotel. The renovated Mint Center is expected to be completed by 2024. I'm eagerly anticipating the outcome – Muntplein, Brussels, Belgium
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Now: Non-Executive Director in the Healthcare Industry based in Ghent. A travel buff with a passion for photography, photography books, Leica, wine and Asian food. Last but not least: proud grandfather of William, Nicholas and Mateo.
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