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Renovated Dutch Royal Picture Gallery opens

Dutch practice Hans van Heeswijk has completed the renovation and extension of the Dutch Royal Picture Gallery

The Mauritshuis, a 17th Century palace in The Hague, has been renovated and extended to house new exhibition space, an auditorium, and educational spaces.

Doubling the size of the existing building, the scheme connects the existing building with a new extension across the street through an underground foyer located 6 metres below ground level.  

The architect’s view

‘The masterplan included the renovation of the existing Mauritshuis. The underground foyer is located six meters below street level, but as daylight penetrates from all sides, it feels very light and spacious. Access to the foyer is provided by the unique self-supporting glass lift (9 meters high) or staircase leading down from the forecourt. The cage of the lift is guided along structural glass fins. Entering the museum top down, enables visitors to plan their route as they descend.

‘Apart from a new exhibition space, lecture theatre, education suite and library, the current museological and visitor facilities such as entrance, brasserie, shop, cloakroom are enlarged and brought in line with the 21st-century requirements.

Dutch Royal Picture Gallery

Project data

Location The Hague, The Netherlands
Type of project renovation and extension
Client Foundation Royal Picture Gallery of Mauritshuis     
Architect Hans van Heeswijk Architecten
Restoration architect Askon Eden Architectuur
Interior architect Stephanie Gieles interieurontwerp
Structural engineer ABT
M&E consultant Arup
Fire safety consultant Arup
Quantity surveyor Basalt Bouwadvies
Lighting consultant Hans Wolff & Partners
Main contractor Koninklijke Woudenberg
Tender date February 2012
Start on site date April 2012        
Completion date May 2014
Gross internal floor area 7,000 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional procurement
Total cost €30,000,000

Dutch Royal Picture Gallery


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