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Cruz y Ortiz completes renovation of Rijksmuseum

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Cruz y Ortiz has completed the renovation of the Rijksmuseum’s Philips Wing, the last phase of the 11 year project to refurbish Amsterdam’s world-famous art gallery

The Spanish practice completed the first and largest phase of the renovation to the original 19th century building in Spring 2013 (see Building Study AJ 25.04.2013), and has since been working to complete work to the Philips Wing, housed in a late 19th/early 20th century extension to the museum.

Gallery installation at Philips Wing, Rijksmuseum. Image: Ronald Tilleman.

Gallery installation at Philips Wing, Rijksmuseum. Image: Ronald Tilleman.

Cruz y Ortiz renovated the Philips Wing’s 13 separate galleries, which were used to exhibit major art works from the Rijksmuseum while the main building was closed to the public.

While one of the galleries will become a dedicated photography space, the other rooms will hold rotating exhibitions. The galleries are accessed via a double-height atrium, which together with first floor galleries has roof lights to maximise natural light.

Restaurant at Rijksmuseum's Philips Wing. Image: Vincent Mentzel.

Restaurant at Rijksmuseum’s Philips Wing. Image: Vincent Mentzel.

The wing also contains a new restaurant and café, both designed in collaboration with interior designer Paul Linse who worked on the museum’s other catering spaces.

The renovation of the Philips Wing and the surrounding garden brings to an end the decade long project to modernise and refurbish the museum.

The Philips Wing will open to the public on 1 November 2014 with Modern Times, an exhibition of more than 400 works from the museum’s collection of 20th century photographs.

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