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BUILDING
 
 
Openluchtmuseum
National Heritage Museum
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DESIGNER
 
 
Mecanoo
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DESCRIPTION
 
New attraction
Mecanoo National Heritage Museum ArnhemFounded in 1912, the National Heritage Museum is splendidly situated in the rolling landscape of the woods near Arnhem. The museum park comprises 44 hectares and contains dwellings from different periods and regions. The museum has its own collection of historical clothing and jewellery, but lacked exhibition space. In order to make visiting the museum less dependent on the weather, Mecanoo was asked to design not only an indoor exhibition space, but also an entrance pavilion. In addition, the museum wanted to create a new attraction, the ‘HollandRama’, a multimedia show introducing the objects to be seen in the park.
Boulder and a 143-metre-long wall
Mecanoo National Heritage Museum ArnhemThe landscape was taken as the starting point for the design. The visitor is led over a path of recycled clinkers past a mysterious egg-shaped building about 13 metres high. The building raises a lot of questions. Is it really an egg? A boulder perhaps? Or are we dealing here with something extraterrestrial? You’re not given an answer, for there’s no entrance to be found. The path of clinkers leads the visitor on to the entrance in a 143-metre-long wall cutting across the landscape. The wall is constructed from a mosaic of old cobblestones and bricks and forms the gate to the National Heritage Museum. Behind this unfolds a spacious, transparent entrance hall with a view of the open meadow of the outdoor museum. Because of the differences of level, the hall adapts itself in a natural way to the rolling landscape.
Hinge point
Mecanoo National Heritage Museum ArnhemThe glass hall is the hinge point in the design. It not only forms the entrance to the park but it also houses various facilities. On the ground floor one can visit the museum shop, the coffee shop, the knowledge centre or the auditorium. At the next lower level are two spaces that accommodate changing exhibitions as well as a semi-permanent display of clothing and jewellery from the museum’s own collection. The mystery of the egg-shaped building is solved when the visitor enters a tunnel that eventually leads to a rotating panorama theatre where the multimedia show takes place. With the aid of virtual reality, animations, film, sound and odour effects, historical objects are brought to life.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Netherlands [Nederland]
Region
Gelderland
Town
Arnhem
Address
Schelmseweg 89
 
 
Telephone
+31.(0)26.3576111
Fax
+31.(0)26.3576147
Website
E-mail
info@openluchtmuseum.nl
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Museums and buildings for exhibitions
Ethnographic museums
Buildings for recreational activities
Auditoriums and music centres
Theatres
Operations on existing buildings
Extension, superelevation
Other architectural structures
Pavilions, kiosks, facilities
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
Shops
Bars, cafeterias
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1995 - 1998    
Realisation
1999 - 2000
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AWARDS
 
2003
Dutch Building Prize
Dutch Building Prize Foundation
2000
‘TECU’ Architecture Award
KM Europa Metal
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Abitare 417, maggio/may 2002 [Olanda/Nederland], pp. 86-88
"Museo del Patrimonio Nacional/National Heritage Museum. Mecanoo architecten", Quaderns d'arquitectura i urbanisme 233, abril/april 2002 [Tierra usada/Used land], pp. 154-161
Mecanoo, "Museo Etnográfico, Arnhem/Extension to Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem", Arquitectura Viva 77, III-IV 2001 [Mil Museos], "Arquitectura" pp. 60-63
"Mecanoo. Museo storico olandese/Dutch historical museum. Arnhem 2000. ", Casabella 687, marzo/march 2001, "Architettura e progetti" pp. 26-33
Mecanoo, "Dalla relazione di progetto", Casabella 687, marzo/march 2001, "Architettura e progetti" pp. 26-29 (26-33)
Catherine Slessor, "Figures in a landscape: extension to Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem", Architectural Review 1242, august 2000 [Evolving museums], pp. 61-65
"Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem, Netherlands. Mecanoo", GA Document 62, july 2000, pp. 96-105
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CLIENT
 
 
Rijksgebouwendienst Directie Oost
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
site sq.m. 25,700
total sq.m. 3,185
Widht
m. 40
Height
m. 22,5
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STAFF
 
Project architect
Francine Houben
Interior design
Mecanoo
Design team
Francine Houben, Aart Fransen, Michel Tombal, Chris de Weijer, Alfa Hügelmann, Joke Klumper, Pascal Tetteroo, Patrick Eichhorn, Rick Splinter, Michael dax, Saskia Herbert, Theo Kupers
Consultant
Goudstikker-De Vries ACN
ARBA MINCH
Technical Management
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Christian Richters
Text edited by Mecanoo architecten
Courtesy by Mecanoo architecten

Mecanoo Openluchtmuseum Arnhem



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