Museum Veenhuizen, Holland Building, Dutch Project, Photo, Design, Image
Museum Veenhuizen Holland
Veenhuizen Development, The Netherlands – design by Atelier Kempe Thill
Museum and Exposition centre Veenhuizen, The Netherlands
Design: Atelier Kempe Thill
An ideal city as a penal colony
Veenhuizen was founded at the beginning of the 19th century as an open reformatory for the “disorderly underclass”, with the aim to educate and re-socialise people. Soon after the opening of the institute the idealistic, progressive concept of a reformable society was left. The village was hermetically closed off from the outside world and was transformed into a prison village; voluntary confinement became imprisonment. Over the years, in the whole region around Veenhuizen, more prisons and adjoining functions were built turning a large area into a prison colony.
Veenhuizen can be typified as a classicistic master plan in which city planning and architecture form a Gesamtkunstwerk. Where in a “normal” village the market place defines the centre, in Veenhuizen one finds an enormous prison court.
Arranged cleansing: classicistic origin
New historic layer: the new façade elements
Classicistic interior: a factory building becomes a museum
The entire project is designed according to the strategy of the ‘arranged history’. The historical building complex is not simply shown, but in itself tells a story about history with the elements of architecture. All used means: the cleansing, the new layer and the classicistic interior stem from the conviction that not historical breaks but continuity is important. As if the architect of the original crafts cluster hundred years after completion received the commission to remodel his own project.
Museum and Exposition centre Veenhuizen – Building Information
Site: Veenhuizen / Region of Drenthe / Nederland (170km north of Amsterdam)
Address: Oude Gracht 4, 9341 AB Veenhuizen
Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners, Netherlands
Client: VROM Rijksgebouwendienst (Building service Dutch Government)
Total building budget: € 1,90 mio. (excl. VAT) – incl. technical installations + landscape design
Architect: Atelier Kempe Thill architect and planners, Rotterdam (NL)
General Contractor: Jurriëns Noord bv, Groningen
Photographer/ Copyright holder: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz
Museum Veenhuizen images / information from Atelier Kempe Thill
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