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Louwman Collection

The National Automobile Museum

Louwman Collection

Response to a Historic Context


The project balanced large-scale storage and conservation workshops for an extraordinary collection of automobiles with the context of a bucolic historic park near the Queen’s Palace. We placed public-facing functions such as a reception hall, conference center and food service around a small-scaled courtyard. Its character — with distinctive brickwork and steeply sloped roofs with dormers — is reminiscent of a Dutch carriage house.

Assembling Industrial Components


Working with the client, owner of one of Europe’s largest car dealerships, we utilized industrial building technologies to produce an efficient, economical and sustainable place for storing and displaying cars — along with a wide variety of automotive art — in temporary and permanent galleries. By placing smaller elements such as an octagonal gallery aside the large volume, we created contemplative space for visitors within the landscape.

Project Details

Professional Credits:

Associate Architect – Van Den Pauwert Architecten BNA

Location:

The Hague, The Netherlands

Size:

110,000 SF

Completion Date:

2010

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