5 September 2015
Visitors enter the museum through a spectacular glass structure on Museumplein. The new entrance is now open to the public.
The new entrance hall is delivered on time and on budget.
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The completion of the new entrance hall on Museumplein will see the Van Gogh Museum fulfil a long-cherished dream. Featuring advanced glass building techniques, the new entrance will be completely transparent.
The new entrance hall creates an additional 800 m2 of surface area, meaning the museum is better equipped to welcome the growing number of visitors. The additional space also means the museum is able to host larger conferences and receptions.
The new entrance hall was designed by Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates, the firm founded by the late renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. This firm also designed the museum’s exhibition wing, which was commissioned in 1999, to which the new entrance hall is attached.
Dutch firm Hans van Heeswijk Architects further elaborated the initial designs of Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates. The Government Buildings Agency, the owner of the museum building, oversaw the building of the new entrance.
The Van Gogh Museum has largely financed this project itself. The total cost of €20 million has been raised by drawing on the museum’s own resources and the generous support of individuals, funds, foundations, government agencies and companies.
The Van Gogh Museum will do its utmost to minimise inconvenience to visitors to the museum and those living in the area. The sinking of piles as part of foundation works will not be required during the build.