Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht
The new building for the Dordrechts Museum, has been built next to the existing building. It includes an auditorium, plantroom, staircases and toilets on the ground floor.
The first floor has an exhibition room. In front of the building 'The Vest' the ground floor has a large glass facade. This offered no place for the construction, which meant that on the side of 'The Vest' a cantilever was made. The plant room is situated on the second floor.
The main supporting structure is a steel structure. The walls and the facades are architectural elements. On the first and second floor a number of trusses was made which enabled the whole ground floor to be supported by 16 columns. Furthermore, the trusses needed to realize the cantilever. The trusses and the columns are positioned in such a way that they are integrated into the architectural design.
The existing building (dating from 1650) has been renovated. Internally, a new stair case and a new elevator have been made. The entrance has been modified and new glass corridors were added on the ground floor.
To protect the collection new interior walls have been placed in the museum. The new cavity is not vented to prevent excessive cooling of the facade with a risk of cracking.