Yesterday I finally visited the MAS, Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp (Belgium) with my friend Yvette. A few months ago I had been near the building but I didn't have time to go inside. Now I did! And it was worth every minute!
The MAS website states: 'The MAS is more than a museum. It is a new city centre; a new meeting place where there is always something to do or see. The MAS recounts the story of a relationship between Antwerp and the world that has lasted for five centuries, which is still ongoing. The museum allows contemporary artists to continue writing the story.'
In addition to being a museum, the MAS is also an extraordinary building on an extraordinary spot in an extraordinary location. The MAS is designed as a giant storehouse with stacked containers or “boxes”. These museum boxes are stacked in such a way that they create a spiral tower. As you ascend, you get a constantly changing view of the city. With A breathtaking 360° panorama on the roof.
The MAS is chosen as one of the worlds most beautiful muesuems by the American magazine Travel + Leisure. The Dutch architects Neutelings and Riedijk designed this amazing building and Antwerp's B-architecten did the interiors of the museum rooms.