The university of Utrecht, one of the oldest of The Netherlands, has a strong public presence in the inner city: its museum.
In the museum, its historical and contemporary context is communicated and made accessible to all, with a strong focus on children. The museum consists of a 19th century laboratory, a 1990's extension designed by Koen van Velzen and a historical botanical garden.
In our proposal, we challenged the museum to open up its ground floor, the botanical garden and ist cafe and shop to the public. This makes the museum part of the public tissue of the city.
The threshold for exploring the garden and museum is lowered and the exploitation of shop and cafe is heightened.
Thanks to our cooperation with Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter, we turned the museum into a smart, highly sustainable modern building.