Van Baerlestraat, Amsterdam
Ove Arup & partners
Museums and exhibition buildings
PUBLICATIONS:de Architect 2006-4; Jaarboek 2012-2013
After a soap opera lasting years with fast entries and exits by the likes of Venturi and Siza, there was finally consensus on the necessary enlargement of the Stedelijk Museum. It has a new main entrance on the square (Museumplein), thereby rotating the old building's organizational structure 180 degrees. By having a great many of its amenities underground, space could be made at entrance level for a large open foyer area. Floating above this all-glass entrance plaza is a gleaming white reinforced fibre volume whose broad, flat jutting roof shelters much of the outdoor area. Exhibitions spaces and an auditorium occupy this hovering volume, which was promptly nicknamed the 'bath tub' by the locals.