Arup redesigns Mauritshuis museum in Netherlands

19 June 2014 (Last Updated June 19th, 2014 18:30)

Netherlands king Willem-Alexander will re-open the newly renovated and extended Mauritshuis museum on 27 June.

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Netherlands king Willem-Alexander will re-open the newly renovated and extended Mauritshuis museum on 27 June.

The museum, which was redesigned by Arup, is a 17th century palace in The Hague and showcases Dutch paintings, such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer.

As part of the renovation programme, the museum gained a new exhibition space, an auditorium and a room for education.

Arup ensured that the monumental nature of the building was not disturbed.

Working with Dutch-based architect Hans van Heeswijks, Arup used 3D-modelling, dynamic simulations and building information modelling (BIM) techniques to protect the building, the art collection, staff and visitors from fire, burglary, damage and climate influences.

"In the Netherlands it is extremely rare for a tender phase to work out the building services concept on this level of detail."

Arup project manager Bart Kramer-Segers said that all possibilities were mapped out in detail to make the building services invisible.

"Even behind the fabric of the wall covering we discovered a space befitting a temperature and humidity sensor. These type of findings were all assimilated into the design. In the Netherlands it is extremely rare for a tender phase to work out the building services concept on this level of detail," Kramer-Segers said.

In addition to the redevelopment of Mauritshuis museum, the company's Dutch unit was also involved in the refurbishment of the Stedelijk museum and the Rijksmuseum.

Arup is currently working on the new Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar and the refurbishment of Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden.


Image: The refurbished Mauritshuis museum in Netherlands. Photo: courtesy of Arup.