Elburg Museum

What’s old is new

Built in the 15th century, the City Museum of Elburg in Holland needed a new entrance hall and reception area. Our design approach was not to compete or blend in with the antique atmosphere but to create a modern ‘intervention’ – a contemporary and bold, yet surprising and playful stand-alone structure to greet and funnel visitors. The simplicity of modern origami-like shapes are an intentional contrast to the original detailed craftsmanship.

We also created an exhibit to guide visitors from the entrance, through into the rest of the museum, using enlarged etchings of fictitious folk throughout the centuries, each one telling the story of their time and life in an audio recording.