Architect: Cruz y Ortiz Technical architect for Cruz y Ortiz: ADP architecten
Renovating the biggest and most important art- and history museum of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum, has been a complex and comprehensive project with an astonishing result. ADP architecten put in many working hours as the technical architect for Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos. The impressive renovation recovered the original 19th century building of Cuypers in its original glory while meeting the need to house over 7.000 objects of art and history, exposed for a big public of 1,5-2 million visitors each year. The way in which Cruz y Ortiz carefully treated the existing building highlights and reinforces the spatial use of the monumental building in a modern way. An important thread in the architects' perspective was "to go further with Cuypers," which not only did justice to the original architect, but as well required a measured interpretation of the costly monumental aspects and gave them a new logic or additional layer in time.