Came across this today on a feature dezeen.com are doing with their coverage of Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. The best in Dutch Design was announced yesterday and I was very interested in the winner of the Interior category.
I was intrigued by its overtly clinical feel. There is a sense of cleanliness about it. As if you should be wearing hazmat suits that get sprayed down whilst you walk through pressurised chambers. I can't say whether I like it or not. I know that museums capitalise on attention by having neutral walls and letting the objects of desire protrude in all of their glory from this neutrality, but it just seems too precious.
There are areas though that really excite me. The contrast of the overtly white surroundings diverges well with PAR timber beams and roof trusses and gives me that sense of character that I didn't feel I was getting from a lot of the other stills. I like refinement but albeit refinement that doesn't hide too much away. I like Interiors with blemishes, exposed brick walls or beams with all of their imperfections and glory.
The exterior is a biologically friendly dream that seamless sculpts into the undulating contours of its surrounding. It doesn't extrude above the ground at any great height, it optimises the lower floors to minimise on visual impact to the surrounding Dutch vernacular buildings.
The uninterrupted transition between the old museum facade and the new museum is one of joy. It blends together superbly and is a fine example of the current trend of the old playing nicely with the new. This is no more than apparent in the recently opened, and heavily publicised, Stedelijk Museum.
To read more on this building see Dezeen's fantastic blog entry...