A historic post office in Venlo has been given a new purpose as accommodation for Museum van Bommel van Dam. BiermanHenket designed the renovation, as well as two contemporary additions and the interior. The concept - from vision and design to execution - is a high-end, sustainable transformation for a future-proof and inviting museum.
The museum wanted new housing to facilitate larger numbers of visitors and manifest itself as a cultural meeting place in the city. At the same time, the former post office in the city centre, a nationally listed building designed by Chief Government Architect Hayo Hoekstra in 1938, required a new purpose. Situated on a main route from the historical city centre to the station, with a park nearby and the Limburg Museum in the immediate vicinity, the design for the museum also incorporated an urban vision. As part of the project, the park was extended to the museum, forming a green carpet from the station towards the city centre. As a result, the Limburg Museum and Museum van Bommel van Dam have been visibly interlinked as a museum quarter in a museum park.
The desired inviting nature of the museum and the urban vision ensured that the building was designed to make a major part of it accessible to the public. A public experience route, which starts on the ground floor, has been incorporated in the building. A large art frame that displays the current programme is located in this open space. On the way upstairs, the public route offers a little ‘teaser’ of the exhibition rooms and ends on the roof: with an art window with a sculptural design and a green roof terrace. In addition to a spacious public route, the museum also has a museum café, a museum shop, and more than 1500 square metres of exhibition space at its disposal. The building accommodates a depot with a period room, an educational space, an auditorium, an art library, workshops, and an office.