Client : Rijksmuseum in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Rijksgebouwendienst
Building rehabilitation architect : Cruz y Ortiz arquitectos
Interior design and museography : Wilmotte & Associés SA
Building restoration : S.R.A.L. Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg
Exhibition furniture : Goppion S.p.a. et Meyvaert-Bruns
Lighting sources and technical development of lighting system : Philips Lighting
Graphics and signage : Irma Boom
Structural and HVAC consultant : Arcadis & Royal Haskoning
Historic building and restoration consultant : Van Hoogevest Architecten
Lighting consultant : BeersNielsen Lichtontwerpers
Prototyping : Bronnenberg bv
Area : 12 000 m²
Interior design and museography of the exhibition rooms.
In keeping with the Rijksmuseum's motto, "Sense of time and feeling for beauty", Wilmotte & Associés SA has created a minimalist concept.
The interior design focuses on celebrating the original building and enhancing presentation of the collections. The museum building has a wide variety of spaces.
Responding to the constraints of the original building, Wilmotte & Associés SA's concept was to "detach" as much as possible from the building to allow for improved legibility of the original spaces. The design hinges on a wide range of exhibition elements all aimed at protecting the historic objects. In the spirit of creating consistency among the different galleries, Wilmotte developed coordinated exhibition cases to reinforce the museum’s unity. The exhibition cases and all the exhibition elements are as discrete as possible to avoid distracting the visitor from the object on display. Six types of exhibition cases were designed (each fabricated in a range of sizes).
To respond to the needs of monumental objects or large collections of objects, a dozen special exhibition cases were also created. In addition to the exhibition cases, Wilmotte created a whole line of museum furniture, including: podiums, pedestals, distance barriers, self-supporting partitions, and visitor benches. These well-designed elements will accompany the visitor along the chronological itinerary that starts in the Middle Ages and runs through to the 20th century.