Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Client: Stichting Hermitage aan de Amstel (

Completion Date: June 2009

Program: A 161,459-square-foot, three-level museum on the Amstel, housed in a former nursing home from the 17th century. With exhibition galleries, an auditorium, lecture halls, a restaurant, shops, and a children's center—all organized around a central courtyard—the new museum establishes a presence for Russia's Hermitage Museum in the Netherlands.

Design Concept and Solution: The architects set out to transform the dark, fortress-like nursing home into a bright and open modern museum. Leaving the brick facade of the Dutch classicist building intact, they stripped out many of the low ceilings and bending hallways to reveal the logic of the building: four wings boxing in the central courtyard. The north and south wings became double-height exhibition halls, ringed by smaller galleries converted from bedrooms. Around the courtyard, an inner ring of bedrooms gave way to a light-filled corridor whose long sight lines make the floor plan intuitive for visitors. In the eastern wing, a triple-height atrium houses the museum's public spaces, including the restaurant and café, and culminates in a glassed-in conference room on the top floor. The Hans van Heeswijk team kept the palette of materials clean and modern, with a mixture of granite and oak flooring punctuated by glass staircases and elevators.

Total construction cost: '42 million (including installations; excluding VAT)

Hans van Heeswijk Architects
Ertskade 111
1019 BB Amsterdam
Phone +31 (0)20 622 57 17
Fax +31 (0)20 38 284


Stichting Hermitage aan de Amstel (

Hans van Heeswijk Architects
Ertskade 111
1019 BB Amsterdam
Phone +31 (0)20 622 57 17
Fax +31 (0)20 38 284

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Dick de Gunst (registered architect)

Stephanie Haumann (registered architect)

Architect of record: Hans van Heeswijk (

Interior designer: Hans van Heeswijk Architects in cooperation with Merkx+Girod (

Construction: Van Rossum Raadgevenede Ingenieurs BV (

Installations: Deerns BV, Rijswijk (

Building physics: Cauberg-Huygen bv Amsterdam (

Landscape: Michael van Gessel, Amsterdam (

Lighting: Hans Wolff & Partners, Amsterdam

Acoustical: Cauberg-Huygen BV

General contractor:
Bouwbedrijf M.J. De Nijs en Zonen bv, Warmenhuizen (

Luuk Kramer
+31 654 20 49 27

Rob Hoekstra

CAD system, project management, or other software used: Vector Works



Exterior cladding: Not applicable, renovation of existing materials

Roofing: Not applicable, renovation of existing materials

Skylights: Brakel Atmos bv Uden (

Lamellae in skylights: Hunter Douglas Architectural Products Netherlands (

Insulated-panel or plastic glazing: not applicable

Entrances:Geze Benelux, Eindhoven (

Sliding doors: Geze Benelux, Eindhoven (

Stainless steel staircases and steel window frames, both customized, designed and detailed by Hans van Heeswijk Architects
Supplier M.C. Kersten B.V. Amsterdam

Hinges: Twin-Line hinges and paumellen

Closers: Dorma (

Pulls: Randi(

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: Sto silent

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Keijzers

Most walls are white stucco; epoxy coating on bathroom walls

Floor and wall tile:
Ground floor: Pietra Serena natural stone, by Van Stokkum (

First floor: Oak floors, by Conijn Parket bv (

Elevator is customized, designed and detailed by Hans van Heeswijk architects
Manufactured by Mitsubishi Elevator Europe BV