NEW STEDELIJK MUSEUM - AMSTERDAM
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, is opened by Queen Beatrix on the 22th of September 2012.
One of the largest museums in the Netherlands, The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, has been renovated and expanded, by the design of Benthem Crouwel Architects. At the restoration the architect wanted to bring back the atmosphere of the original design of architect Weismann, which is praised for her natural light, large spaces and majestic stairs.
At the side of the Museum square the new building is located. It consists of a 9 to 13 m deep basement construction with a superstructure hovering a few meters above ground level, also known as the bathtub. The space beneath this superstructure is the new entrance, which is surrounded by an impressive glass facade. The outspoken architecture of the new building and the transfer of the main entrance to the Museum square illustrate the new vision of The Stedelijk Museum, that wants to settle their name as one of the world’s leading museums of modern art.
Structural challenges of this project include the complex renovation of the old building from 1893. In particular, the foundation works, where information was hardly available, asked for a high degree of creativity and close cooperation with the contractor. In addition, the upgrading of the climate control to the current standards resulted in many new voids and complex constructive adjustments in the existing structure.
The large spans of the superstructure, formed by high steel trusses, supported on only six locations, formed a challenge. The alignment with the ornaments of the old building gave restrictions in the design freedom.
Due to the high groundwater level, the museum square in Amsterdam is a critical location to construct a deep basement. The new basement also had to take into account the restrictions given by the adjacent basement of the Van Gogh museum, the underground cellar and the basement of the old building.
as employee of Arup: multi disciplinary project manager, structural designer and engineer
gross floor area: 12.000 m²
start design: 2004
start construction: 2007
client : City of Amsterdam
architect : Benthem Crouwel Architekten
structure: Arup Amsterdam