Vertical hardwood planks generate a sleek exterior façade, while allowing daylight to entering inside.

TEXEL – On the island of Texel, north of the Netherlands, a museum dedicated to sailors and beachcombers from centuries past.

The exterior structure is comprised of four interlinked pitched roofs, which mimic the surrounding architectural scape of the neighbourhood. The façade is covered with vertical wooden planks that have been sawn from hardwood sheet piling from Holland’s northern canals.

‘The pattern created by the lamellae generates sleek lines of daylight inside the building, which gives it a light and simultaneously sheltered character,’ says architect Francesco Veenstra of Mecanoo Architects. ‘The transparent spaces connect the village with its unique collection and stories.’

The KAAP SKIL museum pays homage to the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, or United East Indian Company, which used to anchor fleets on the island of Texel. Inside, the exhibition display by Kossmann.dejong includes a historic ship model and key aspects from the 17th century shipping trade.  

The museum is opening today, 30 March, and will include two new exhibitions, a museum café and shop. 
Kaap Skil
Barentszstraat 21
Oudeschild, Texel
The Netherlands


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