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Julian Harrap wins comp to extend Museum De Lakenhal

Julian Harrap Architects is to design the restoration and extension of a 350-year-old museum in the Netherlands

The London-based practice won an international competition for the Museum De Lakenhal, scheme in the city of Leiden. It will carry out the project in collaboration with Dutch firm Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven Architects.

Julian Harrap partner Lyall Thow credited work on Berlin’s Neues Museum and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum for helping the practice secure this latest job.

‘The fact we’ve worked internationally and collaboratively was a big part of the reason we won the Museum De Lakenhal project,’ he told AJ. ‘That includes our work on the Neues Museum but also on the V&A.

‘They are very different projects, though – the Neues Museum was a ruined building whereas the Laecken-Halle building is not in bad condition.’

The Laecken-Halle building was constructed as a trade hall for the cloth industry in 1640. 

It was extended in the 19th and 20th centuries and became the principal museum and art gallery in the city.

Julian Harrap will design a scheme to restore the original building and reintegrate it with the other periods of the museum’s development.   

An extension will also be built to the north of the site with a new frontage facing the Lammermarkt public square.  

Work is due to be completed in April 2017 ready to mark the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl art movement, founded in 1917 by Leiden resident Theo van Doesburg.

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