17 July 2014
Today in Amsterdam’s Museum Square, the final section was added to the huge steel framework for the Van Gogh Museum’s New Entrance, making the contours of the new structure clearly visible as it begins to take shape.
This museum extension will be a stunning example of glass in construction, enhancing the profile of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam’s Museum Square. The New Entrance will be completed by the summer of 2015.
High-resolution images are available on request from the Van Gogh Museum’s Press Office.
The museum extension
The open, transparent glass New Entrance will make use of state-of-the-art glass structures, developed and constructed according to the very latest techniques by the specialised company Octatube. It incorporates 650 square metres of cold-bent glass, 12-metre-long glass roof beams, and 9.4-metre-long glass fins in the facade. The steel framework now in place is designed to support the glass roof and the facade. The installation of the glass panels will begin in September.
The preliminary design was developed by Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates. The more detailed design by Hans van Heeswijk shows how the New Entrance will combine with the exhibition wing to create a stunning new architectural ensemble.
The relocation of the main entrance to the Van Gogh Museum to Museum Square is an ideal way of strengthening the museum’s connection to the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, and Koninklijk Concertgebouw. The New Entrance will also make it possible to accommodate more visitors (there are now more than 1.5 million visitors a year) and offer the highest possible standard of visitor service.
In September, the Van Gogh Museum will hold a press conference on its New Entrance, with opportunities for photographs and interviews. More information to follow.
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