The Mayor of Wassenaar in the Netherlands has broken ground on the Museum Voorlinden, designed by Kraaijvanger architects.
Located on the premises of the Voorlinden Estate, the museum will be the new home of the Caldic Collection, which is claimed to be the largest private art collection in the Netherlands.
The museum, which is anticipated to open in 2015, will feature three exhibition spaces, rooms for a permanent exhibition and temporary exhibitions.
The ground floor of the facility will feature a canopy to will protect the rooms from the sun and visitors will be guided by staircase down to exhibition rooms underground.
Apart from the exhibition rooms, the museum will include a shop and and a restaurant, which will be housed in the villa on the premises.
Natural materials like stone, timber, glass, a white steel structure, large glass façades and the sand colour matching the dunes will be used in the project.
Arup said that parallel to the dunes, the museum opens up to nature, using a set of walls in the landscape as the main design feature.
Sustainable features of the project include the external sun-shading grid, which will keep the solar warmth outside, minimising the need for cooling.
UK-based professional services firm Arup provided multidisciplinary engineering services for the project.
Arup was responsible for the lighting design, fire engineering, acoustical, mechanical and electrical engineering, and building physics.
Image: Museum Voorlinden will be the new home of the Caldic Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Arup.