Het Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam by Dok architecten

The former courtyard was transformed into a beautiful winter garden-like space.

AMSTERDAM – At the foot of Amsterdam’s river IJ, a beautiful historical building has reopened after being generously bedizened since 2007.

Originally built as a warehouse by the city’s architect Daniel Stalpaert in the 17th century, the building’s function had been changed to the National Maritime Museum in 1973. The most recent renovation was realized by local firm Dok architecten, who aimed for the museum to serve a larger number of visitors while maintaining as much of the historical structure as possible.

The result of the metamorphosis strikes with sustainable features like a cold-heat storage system, restoration works by Rappange & Partners and – most spectacular – a glazed dome that covers the former courtyard, designed by Belgian firm NEY & Partners.

Photos courtesy of Arjen Schmitz

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