Dutch museum takes less-is-more approach

Gail Taylor
Friday 26 Jun 2015

Praise for Hans van Heeswijk Architects’ minimalist Museum MORE

The new Museum MORE, designed by Amsterdam’s Hans van Heeswijk Architects to showcase the Netherlands’ biggest collection of modern realist art, opened on 2 June 2015 to enthusiastic reviews, with critics praising its light but exuberant minimalist architecture. 

The museum, an extension of Gorssel’s former Town Hall, is a private initiative and has been completed to the highest standards in a record time of just three years. 

The historic part of the building, dating from 1914, has been renovated to become a museum café and event hall. The new museum structure is characterised by strategic sightlines that make the most of the park-like setting, blending the inside with the outside in a seamless whole. 

Besides exhibiting parts of the permanent collection, the building also offers space for exhibitions, administrative offices and a restoration workshop. The museum has an inviting appearance, clear layout and a surprisingly light, airy quality of space. In it, Van Heeswijk repeats his distinctive use of natural materials like stone, glass and steel.

During its 30-year existence, Hans van Heeswijk Architects has worked on a number of prestigious museum and town hall projects, for example the Artotheek (Art Library) in Breda in 1991, The Hermitage Amsterdam museum in 2009, and the (largely) underground extension and renovation of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague. The studio’s extension of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will be unveiled this September.

Gail Taylor

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