On 13 April the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam was reopened by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.
The reopening marks the completion of a 10-year renovation project that has transformed the national museum, which is home to paintings, sculptures and works by artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, and Frans Hals.
Architects, Cruz and Ortiz, led the design team responsible for the refurbishment and modification of the Rijksmuseum. Arup worked in joint venture with Royal Haskoning / Van Heugten and DGMR on the building services and other elements of the complex renovation project, including the lighting design of the iconic building.
Joop Paul, Project Director Arup said, “The architecture of Cruz y Ortiz blends and contrasts with the restored Cuypers masterpiece, bringing the Rijksmuseum back to international prominence. The unseen hand of Arup and our JV partners creates a balance in art conservation and display.”
Following the successful completion of the main building and annexes of the Rijksmuseum, Arup will now take part in the refurbishment of the ??Philips Wing??, which housed the exhibition while the main building was being renovated.