Drents Museum Extension

The new extension extends two levels below ground level.

Built almost fully underground, the new entranceway and exhibition hall at Holland’s Drents Museum has been constructed to integrate itself into the fabric of the city.

The museum is located in Assen, the Netherlands, and features a collection of historical artifacts from the Dutch province of Drenthe. It’s 2400-sq-m extension plays with the landscape, water and nature to emphasize the scenic surroundings and the culture-rich area. The underground space has a sloping roof with park on top.

Inside, the new exhibition wing has staggered and curving windows that allow natural daylight to enter. The main entrance is located in a historic coach house that has been integrated into the redesign, visible reminders evident in the wood rafters overhead.

Photos courtesy J Collingridge.

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