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DRDH shortlisted in Arnhem Museum of Modern Art contest

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DRDH Architects has been named as a finalist in the competition to remodel and extend the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, the Netherlands

The practice is working in collaboration with Rotterdam-based Happel Cornellsse Verhoeven on its designs for the €12m project.

More than 40 entries were submitted in the competition with five teams making the shortlist.

The London-based firm is up against architect of the Rijksmuseum revamp Cruz y Ortiz, architect of the Stedelijk Museum Benthem Crouwel, and Dutch-based practices Kraaijvanger and SeARCH.

The shortlist in full

  • Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Cruz y Ortiz with Laura Alvarez Architecture
  • Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven with DRDH Architects
  • Kraaijvanger with Krft and Kokke Designer
  • SeARCH.nl

The project involves creating a new entrance to the museum and a series of new galleries and events spaces.

Museum director Saskia Bak commented: ‘The location of Museum Arnhem is so unique, we are looking for an architect who is a good museum designer and can design specific to this place. It is good to see that so many architects have signed up for this.’

Based in an 1873 building designed by Cornelis Outshoorn, the museum is best known for its collection of 20th-century realism, and for showing contemporary art by women and artists from non-Western backgrounds. 

The building has already been through a series of changes – in 1920 it was transformed from a gentlemen’s club into a museum, and it was extended in 1956 and again in 2000. 

The teams will present their proposals in early June and a winner will be announced shortly after.

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