Antwerp will soon be able to add a new milestone to its already vast stockpile of valuable heritage. “New” might not seem the most accurate description for a building dating back to 1872, but the public had to wait 15 years to see the Handelsbeurs’ beautiful covered courtyard, with its neo-Gothic architecture.
WHY THIS PLACE
The old stock exchange, hidden behind Twaalfmaandenstraat in the city center, has been completely renovated and will be open to the public again. The mayor of Antwerp presented the plans for the future of the Handelsbeurs. The central part of the building will continue to be a public space: the ground floor, with its vaulted hall, will be a meeting point, housing restaurants, bars and spaces where events can be held, and there will be an underground car park. The complex, which also includes the Schippersbeurs - where captains will record departure times for the city's harbor - and adjacent homes, will also house a new Marriott hotel branch and a restaurant.
Historically valuable elements will be integrated into the hotel, which will open in early 2019, with the original mosaic floors and original domes preserved. And there will be a makeover for the pagaddertoren, a small harbor watchtower from which ship owners could search for their ships.