benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
dutch firm benthem crouwel architects are responsible for the recent renovation to the stedelijk museum located in amsterdam. originally designed by a.w. weissman, the building is known for its palatial rooms, natural lighting and, in particular, the impressive staircase adorning the core of the space. these native elements have been preserved, as well as the characteristic white coloring introduced by former director willem sandberg. the current structure is not only left almost completely unsullied, but more proudly flaunted by lifting part of the new volume higher and submerging the remainder underground.

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
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the entry to the stedelijk museum has been relocated to the open area of museumplein filling a spacious translucent extension. the fluid white structure above the entrance is affectionately termed ‘the bathtub’ featuring a sleek organic aesthetic composed of reinforced fiber, complemented by a canopy audaciously extending out into the cityscape.

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
the seamless architectural sculpture soars across the city scape
image © john lewis marshall and jannes linders

 

 

with the original edifice as a backdrop, the new seamless construction becomes the commanding symbol representing the stedelijk museum. next to the entrance, a museum shop and the restaurant are located in the transparent volume on ground level. these are accompanied by a knowledge center, a library and a large exhibition hall of 1100 m2. two exhibition spaces are linked by two escalators in an enclosed tube-like skin, through this, a visitor is able to cross the entrance area without leaving the exhibition passage and also without disturbing public functions – allowing guests to remain within the distinctive atmosphere of the museum.

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
two exhibition spaces are linked by two escalators
image © john lewis marshall and jannes linders

 

 

the interior of the old and new spaces are indistinguishable, making the otherwise powerful contrast between the two barely noticeable when moving through the museum. the weissman building is brought to life under a single roof with the new striking addition.

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
the escalators are encased by a tube-like skin
image © john lewis marshall and jannes linders

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
old and new elements alongside each other
image © john lewis marshall and jannes linders

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
the interior features the original white coloring
image © john lewis marshall and jannes linders

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
image © john lewis marshall and jannes linders

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
image © ernst van deursen

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
image © john lewis marshall and jannes linders

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
image © john lewis marshall and jannes linders

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
image © john lewis marshall and jannes linders

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
section perspective

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
site plan

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
floor plan / level 0
1. entrance
2. tickets
3. coat rack
4. bookshop
5. information center
6. restaurant
7. exhibition old museum

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
floor plan / level 1
1. auditorium
2. hall
3. toilets

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
floor plan / level 2
1. exhibition space new museum
2. exhibition space old museum
3. toilets
4. cafe

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
floor plan / level -1
1. study center
2. educational center

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
floor plan / level -2
1. exhibition space new museum
2. hall
3. toilets

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
section

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
section

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
elevation

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
elevation

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
elevation

benthem crouwel architects completes stedelijk museum in amsterdam
elevation