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.
The design combines two seemingly contradictory requirements: the preservation of the beautiful nature of the environment versus a generous, functional museum.
The latter requires a complex, layered space. the first askes for almost nothing. So the situation calls for modesty.
The design consists of one floor with a underground section in order not to compete with the villa.
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.
The walls contain all the necessary facilities: construction, transit lines, suspension systems, lockable passages. They continue outside the building.
In this way the building doesn't present itself as a volume, but as a series of free walls in the landscape.
The entrance is located in a transparent link between old and new, between the villa and the expansion.
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.
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.
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