- a play between design simplicity, material and context -
BERGEN, THE NETHERLANDS
The new museum is a substantial expansion of an existing villa on one of the most beautiful 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, while the first asks for almost nothing. The context calls for modesty.
The design consists of one level above ground with an underground section in order to not compete with the villa. Parallel walls with a distance of nearly eight meters define the total design, suitable for a flexible layout that can serve all kind of exhibitions. The walls contain all the necessary facilities: construction, transit lines, suspension systems and 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.