WOOLF connected to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam last Summer to view the collections of modern and contemporary art. The beautiful façade of the original building, designed in the 19th century by Adriaan Willem Weissman, shows off beautiful architecture of this era. The extension, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects is known by many as ‘the bathtub’ for it’s oblong shape that appears to float above the main entrance, lobby and museum shop and restaurant.
This incredible and bold design forces the cohesion of old and new architecture. ‘Although the new building is unmistakably different in appearance from the original structure, it matches the scale of the 1895 building and has a direct, seamless connection to it on all floors. They planned for the exterior to retain the 19th-century architecture, adding 21st-century technology and painting everything in Sandberg white.’