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OMA completes revamp of Rotterdam Kunsthal

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[First look + project details] OMA has completed a major overhaul of its Rotterdam Kunsthal project more than 20 years after the iconic building opened to the public

The locally-based practice was commissioned to improve the energy, security, program and circulation of the high-profile arts centre which it completed in 1992.

New high performance glass facades and roofing, an upgraded climate system and energy efficient lighting allowed the practice to reduce the iconic building’s energy consumption.

The project also created a new entrance allowing visitors to access the structure’s auditorium and exhibition spaces independently.

The Kunsthal overhaul was led by OMA partner Ellen van Loon, and associates Michel van de Kar and Alex de Jong.  

OMA's overhaul of the Rotterdam Kunsthal. © OMA, by Richard John Seymour

Project data

Project Renovation & update of De Kunsthal 2014
Original design 1992
Location Westzeedijk, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Client City of Rotterdam
Program Overhaul of the entire Kunsthal improving its sustainability and flexibility. Design of an extra entrance in combination with a new museum shop, café-restaurant, wardrobe and alternative routing
Consortium Eneco, Dura Vermeer, Roodenburg Installatiebedrijf
Structural engineer Theo Wulffraat & Partners
Interior builder Coors Interieurbouw






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