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Julian Harrap makes international shortlist for Dutch museum refurb

London-based Julian Harrap Architects (JHA) has been named on the shortlist for a project to restore a 17th Century museum building in the Netherlands

JHA, in collaboration with Dutch practice Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven Architecten, is among five teams competing for the Museum De Lakenhal refurbishment scheme.

The former clothmakers’ hall in Leiden, built in 1640 by Arent van’s-Gravesande, is a renowned example of Dutch Classicism.

Once part of Leiden’s bustling cloth trade, the buildings have been a museum for the arts, crafts and history of the city since 1874.

The latest masterplan involves restoring the main historic buildings and creating extra exhibition space, public rooms and office accommodation.

The project has €13.5 million (£11.5m) secured funding from the local government, to be further subsidized by fund-raising.

JHA project architect Aimee Felton told AJ it would be the practice’s first project in the Netherlands if it is successful.

‘We were approached by a young Dutch practice following our work on the Neues Museum in Berlin,’ she said.

‘We work throughout Europe, and this gives us a good opportunity to boost our reputation across the continent.’

JHA worked with David Chipperfield to restore the Stirling Prize-shortlisted Neues Museum, which was damaged in the Second World War.

The other three practices shortlisted for the Museum de Lakenhal project are Van Hoogevest Architecten; Vlaams Bouwmeester; SeARCH; and Office of Koen Van Velsen.

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