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Rijks daylight museum reopens following renovation!

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Daylight penetration was an essential aspect of the Rijksmuseum‘s renovation, according to Rijksmuseum Director Wim Pijbes. The restoration of roofs and facades was thus another important aspect. Glass and space have always been prominent features in the museum‘s design, said Wim Pijbes: "Daylight was very important for the museum‘s architect Pierre Cuypers. However, many of the windows were sealed as a result of various modifications in the 20th century. Now space has been created by using a lot of original glass and by opening up two of the inner courtyards."
The museum will be officially reopened on the 13th of April and accessible to the public again the day after.

Architectural and climate requirements

The original architectural lines of the roofs were restored during the renovation using Cuypers‘ design. All of the skylights have been produced to the exact same 19th century specifications. There were also high requirements with respect to preventing the formation of condensation and heat loss. Brakel Atmos engineered special detailing and profiles for this purpose.

Watch interviews on the renovation with amongst others Wim Pijbes (Director of the Rijksmuseum), Ronald van Wakeren (Van Hoogevest Architecten) and Peter Pieters (Koninklijke Woudenberg).

Click here for the case study on the Rijksmuseum renovation.

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