MUSEUM KRANENBURGH BY KRAAIJVANGER



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The new museum is a substantial expansion of  an existing villa on one of the best locations in The Netherlands: between sea and polders, dunes and flat land, forest and glade, old and new.


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The design combines two seemingly contradictory requirements: the preservation of the beautiful nature of the environment versus a generous, functional museum.


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The latter requires a complex, layered space. The first askes for almost nothing. So the situation calls for modesty .


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The design consists of one floor with a underground section in order not to compete with the villa.


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The concept consists of parallel walls with a distance of nearly eight meters: suitable for two supine spectators, for sculptures and for a flexible layout.


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The walls contain all the necessary facilities: construction, transit lines, suspension systems, lockable passages. They continue outside the building.


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In this way the building doesn't present itself as a volume, but as a series of free walls in the landscape.


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The entrance is located in a transparent link between old and new, between the villa and the expansion.


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The hall for temporary exhibitions is located underground, but gets daylight through a void. The design aims at a great simplicity and unity of material.


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Installations are out of sight. Walls and ceilings are white, the floor is a gray cast floor. The outer walls in Travertine are of varied sand colors, like the dunes.


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Location: Bergen, Holland 
Architect: Kraaijvanger 
Project Team: Dirk Jan Postel, Annemiek Bleumink, Laurence Meulman and Patrick Keijzer 
GFA: 2700 m2 
Year: 2013 
Client: Museum Kranenburgh 
Photo: Christian Richters, Theo Steemers