A striking renovation and extension to Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam was officially opened by Queen Beatrix.
The new levitated superstructure contains exhibition space, a restaurant, a shop and the new entrance. Arup is responsible for the structural design and the lighting design.
Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, the new building, popularly called ‘the Bath Tub’, adds over 9,000m2 to the historic museum building.
This includes programme space as well as 3,400m2 of exhibition space. There is an area located in the basement which is suitable for many forms of contemporary art, being free from daylight.
The museum maintains a collection of modern contemporary art and design of 90,000 objects dating from the nineteenth century to the present.