08/04 2016

KAAN awarded assignment “Renovation and Extension” of Museum Paleis Het Loo

Museum Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn has awarded the assignment of the Renovation and Extension to KAAN Architecten in Rotterdam. After a careful procedure, the architect selection committee, under the chairmanship of Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade, unanimously selected this plan. At the end of the year, the final design will be presented and there will then be clarity about the exact planning and costs.

Museum Director Michel van Maarseveen about this choice:
‘As museum, we are very pleased that KAAN Architects presented a draft design that fully matches our wishes and ambitions and respects the historic palace complex. The underground extension has considerable allure and is both hospitable and functional.’

Architect Dikkie Scipio:
‘We explicitly sought for a form with which we, without competing with the monument, could highlight the grandeur of museum Paleis Het Loo in a surprising way and extend it further. I am delighted that the selection committee has acknowledged this fact.’

Museum Paleis Het Loo will be ‘open at revised times’ during the Renovation and Extension. The renovation covers the replacement of technical installations, climate-control installations and the removal of asbestos. While this major repair is taking place, an underground extension to Paleis Het Loo will be created. This extension will provide more space for temporary exhibitions and the large-scale collection will be presented better. The facilities for the public will also be improved.

photo © Rob Voss