16 April 2014
Van Gogh Museum will remain open to the public during entire building period.
The construction has started of the new entrance of the Van Gogh Museum on the side of the Museum Square. Minister Blok of the Ministry for Housing and the Central Government Sector, together with Axel Rüger, Director of the Van Gogh Museum, launched the building project today. Rüger: “I’m pleased that our museum will be provided with such a spectacular new entrance on the side of the Museum Square. It will be a transparent and open glass structure with technically superior glass constructions. A new entrance with a larger service area will make the museum more accessible to more visitors in the near future. Moreover, this way we bring our museum more in line with the other cultural institutes whose access is also situated on the side of the Museum Square. The entrance is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015. The Van Gogh Museum will remain open to the public during the entire building period.” The construction of the new entrance will be realized by the Government Buildings Agency, owner of the museum building.
The open and transparent glass entrance building will consist of the latest technical state-of-the-art glass constructions, such as 650 m2 cold-bent glass, 12-meter long glass rafters and 9.4-meter long glass anchors in the façade. The sketch design is by Kisho Kurokawa Architect and Associates, the office of the deceased Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa who also designed the exhibition wing that was opened in 1999. The details of the design as developed by Hans van Heeswijk Architects show the wing fusing with the new entrance to create a refreshing new aspect to the building as a whole.
The benefits of the new entrance are many. Thus the Van Gogh Museum with its new entrance will now become fully in line with the other two museums on the side of the Museum Square, as both the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum relocated their entrances to the side of the Museum Square. With the new service area, the Rietveld building and the Kurokawa wing will offer greater accessibility to the public. The additional 800 square meters will improve visitor flows and offers more space for reception and service to visitors. The museum will therefore be better equipped to receive a growing number of visitors in the future. It will also make it easier to organize larger-scale gatherings and receptions.
Seven million required
The museum is itself responsible for financing this building project to a large extent. More than € 10 million of the total building costs of € 17 million have now been received thanks to the museum’s own funding, as well as the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, BankGiro Loterij, Amsterdam Council, Amsterdam Borough Council South, Yanmar, the Elise Mathilde Fonds and various foundations and individual partners and others. Rüger: “It remains our top priority to raise funds for the remaining € 7 million and we will continue our efforts undiminished. I have the greatest confidence that we will succeed, because the Van Gogh Museum and the new entrance building have gained full support from (potential) sponsors.”