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post updated 20 October 2022

Dutch Museum Building News

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Dutch museum buildings.

Dutch Museum Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

20 October 2022
Freedom Museum, Groesbeek, Gelderland Province
Design: architectural studio ZJA
Freedom Museum Groesbeek, the Netherlands
photograph © ZJA
Freedom Museum Groesbeek
The Freedom Museum in Groesbeek the Netherlands has been awarded the prestigious Architecture MasterPrize for 2022. The museum is housed in a Shaded Dome, an innovation of Shaded Dome Technologies, a company founded by architectural studio ZJA, Royal HaskoningDHV and Polyned.

17 July 2022
Dutch Mining Museum, Heerlen, Limburg, North Brabant
Design: Tinker imagineers
Dutch Mining Museum Heerlen Limburg
photo : Mike Bink
Dutch Mining Museum, Heerlen Limburg

30 June 2022
Floating Museum Pavilion, Almere
Design: Studio Ossidiana
Floating Museum Pavilio Almere The Netherlands
photo : Riccardo de Vecchi for M
Floating Museum Pavilion, Almere

16 Sep 2021
CollectionCentre Netherlands, Vathorst district, Amersfoort
Architect: cepezed, NL
CollectionCentre, CC NL Amersfoort building
photo : Lucas van der Wee
CollectionCentre, CC NL Amersfoort Building

10 May 2018
Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar – RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018
Museum Voorlinden - Dutch Architecture News
photo © Ronald Tilleman
Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar Building
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the RIBA Awards for International Excellence and the 2018 RIBA International Emerging Architect, including this new 7,000m² museum for contemporary art, sitting within the grounds of an early twentieth century, ‘Dutch Arts & Crafts’ countryhouse.

31 Mar 2018
National Museum of Ceramics Princessehof, Grote Kerkstraat, Leeuwarden
Design: i29 interior architects
National Museum of Ceramics Princessehof in Leeuwarden - Dutch Architecture News
photography : Ewout Huibers
National Museum of Ceramics Princessehof
Leeuwarden is the European Capital of Culture 2018, and museum Princessehof celebrates its 100th birthday.

4 July 2016
Arnhem Museum
Design: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Arnhem Museum
image from architect
Arnhem Museum Building

Museum for Realistic Art Gorssel
Museum for Realistic Art Gorssel

10 Oct 2013
Museum de Lakenhal Competition, Leiden
Design: Julian Harrap Architects LLP and Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven
Museum De Lakenhal Leiden
model by Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven
Museum De Lakenhal
The project involves the restoration and extension of the original 1640 building and reintegrating it with the other periods of the museum’s development. A new extension will also be built to the north of the site with a new frontage facing the Lammermarkt public square. The contract value is €12 million and the work is due to be completed in April 2017 – in time to mark the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl art movement, founded in 1917 by Theo van Doesburg, a Leiden resident.

Major Recent Dutch Museum Building

Stedelijk Museum Building, Amsterdam
Design: BenthemCrouwel Architects
Stedelijk Museum Building
image from architects
Amsterdam Museum Building
a spectacular new building that opened in 2012, extending the original building in a very flamboyant way. The new levitated superstructure contains exhibition space, a restaurant, a shop and the new entrance. Arup is responsible for the structural design and the lighting design. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, the new building, popularly called the Bath Tub, adds over 9,000m2 to this historic Dutch museum building.

Dutch Museum Architecture

Major Dutch Museum Architecture Projects, alphabetical:

Anne Frank House Museum, Amsterdam
Design: Benthem Crouwel
Anne Frank House Museum
photo © Adrian Welch
Dutch Museum Building

Drents Museum Assen
Design: Designed by Erick van Egeraat
Drents Museum Holland
photograph : J Collingridge
Drents Museum Assen
In the design of the re-opened Drents Museum, the existing Koetshuis has been given a new function as the Museum’s main entrance. The staff building is put on a glass plinth. In addition, underground spaces have been added, connecting the old and the new part.

Nationaal Militair Museum
Design: Claus En Kaan Architecten
Nationaal Militair Museum Netherlands
image : Claus en Kaan Architecten / BMD
Nationaal Militair Museum
The plan submitted by the Heijmans consortium has been selected as the winning design for the construction of the new National Military Museum in Soesterberg.

Museum for Realistic Art, Gorssel
Design: Hans van Heeswijk Architects
Museum for Realistic Art Holland
image from architect
Museum for Realistic Art
Hans Melchers, new owner of the Dutch paintings from the DS Art collection, commissioned Amsterdam based Hans van Heeswijk Architects to design the new museum for realistic art. The museum is located in the heart of Gorssel in the east of the Netherlands. Construction will start in the spring of 2013 and the museum is expected to open in the spring of 2015.

Museum Het Valkhof Nijmegen
Design: UNStudio Architects
Museum Het Valkhof Holland
Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, 1998, UNStudio
Museum Het Valkhof Nijmegen

Museum Veenhuizen
Design: Atelier Kempe Thill
Museum Veenhuizen Netherlands
photo : Ulrich Schwarz
Museum Veenhuizen
Veenhuizen can be typified as a classicistic master plan in which city planning and architecture form a Gesamtkunstwerk. Where in a “normal” village the market place defines the centre, in Veenhuizen one finds an enormous prison court.

Van Gogh Museum Building, Amsterdam
Design: Gerrit Rietveld Architect
Van Gogh Museum Building
photo © AW
Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum – Exhibition Wing, Amsterdam
Design: Kisho Kurokawa Architect
Van Gogh Museum Building
picture © AJW
Van Gogh Museum Building

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