• Capabilities: Structural Engineering, Project Management, Performance Driven Architecture, Architecture, Program Management, Engineering
  • Sectors: Public Sector, Government & Municipalities

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - After 10 years of remodelling, renovation and restoration, the Grand Opening of the New Rijksmuseum took place in 2013. The New Rijksmuseum is a leading international museum, suitable for an audience of millions and housed in a beautiful, transparent building that revives Cuypers’ architectural design.

40%

reduction in energy consumption

30%

growing number of visitors that has made a positive contribution to the tourism industry of Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum is one of the most important 19th century monuments in the Netherlands. It is therefore logical that the historic value of the building played an important role in the renovation. The starting point for the restoration of the Rijksmuseum was ‘further with Cuypers’. The original architectural concept of the original architect Dr. P.J.H. Cuypers has been restored as much as possible. The plans of the Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz included major changes to the structure of the existing building. 
The most striking change was the connecting area between the east and west wings of the museum. Because of this connection, a large underground square has been created that acts as a central entrance. A new 3,000 m² public area has been created including, amongst other things, an auditorium. In order to create this, basement layers up to six meters below ground level were needed. This meant: breakthroughs, new foundations, excavations and construction pits beneath and in the foundations of a listed building.

Arcadis provided the advice on the construction in which the historic value of the property has played a major role.

Outcomes

40%

reduction in energy consumption

30%

growing number of visitors that has made a positive contribution to the tourism industry of Amsterdam

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