Contrasting Ceramics — Museum Princessehof

Best Implemented Project of Temporary or Permanent Museum Exposition

About the project
Leeuwarden was the European Capital of Culture in 2018, and museum Princessehof celebrates its 100th birthday. This anniversary was the motive for a major renovation of the museum, with the goal of increasing its appeal and accessibility to visitors. i29 interior architects created a surprisingly modern interior in the monumental buildings, which date from the 18th century. The design features an entrance hall including the museum store and tearoom, the museum square and exhibition areas for the vast collections.
The main challenge was to create a welcoming and contemporary entrance area in the rather closed monumental buildings. A timeless interior that matches the museum as a place for inspiration and surprise. In addition, the museum wanted to reorganise their comprehensive collection with the goal of having a clear and surprising experience. The pronounced simplicity of the design interventions contrasts with the monumental shell. The contrast between old / new complements each other.

Leeuwarden, Noord Holland, the Netherlands

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Applicant and authors of the project
i29, an award winning office for interior and architecture projects. In a world that becomes more and more digital, we shape the physical experiences around us; clear, effective, surprising. We deliver work that stands out for its simplicity. The great diversity in our portfolio gives the possibility to think «out of the box» and to work inclusive for all kinds of clients and users.

Other participants
Photography Ewout Huibers
Construction Zwartwoud BV