The former office building De Holland in Dordrecht has been transformed into the National Museum of Education. Since the opening of the museum in the fully restored listed building, it has made a giant leap in quality and visitor numbers. The light and open space is extremely suitable for performances, receptions and other substantive meetings.
The building was designed in 1939 by Sybold van Ravesteyn for the fire insurance company Holland, established in 1859. In the 1980s, the building was turned into a supermarket - the original interior was totally demolished, the façade was extensively damaged and an array of volumes were added on to the original building. The recent transformation involved demolishing all later additions. The original prefab concrete façade has been insulated on the inside and restored on the outside. The entire façade has undergone concrete repairs, whilst the previously demolished prefab concrete elements have been reconstructed.