Rijksmuseum to reopen after 10-year renovation

A 10-year refurbishment project on Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum will draw to a close on 13 April, when the historic institution will be reopened by  Queen Beatrix.

Architects Cruz and Ortiz were commissioned to lead the design team, with a joint venture between Arup, Royal Haskoning /Van Heugten and DGMR handling building services, building physics and lighting design.

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 its JV partners) creates a balance in art conservation and display.”

The renovated museum is expected to attract 1.75 million to 2 million visitors annually, which would bring the Rijksmuseum into the top 20 most visited museums worldwide.

After the successful completion of the 19th century main building and its corresponding annexes, the ‘Philips Wing’ – which housed exhibitions during renovation – is now set to be refurbished, again with Arup’s involvement.

Image: Iwan Baan