Collection centre Amsterdam Museum

Back-Upstraat 4
Cornelis Douwesterrein
Deelgebied 0
Wim Quist
Quist Wintermans Architekten
Amsterdam Museum, Dienst Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling Gemeente Amsterdam
Aannemingsbedrijf Ooijevaar
Bus 91/94, stop Keerkringpark +10 min. walk
Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2010-2011; ARCAM POCKET 24. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ’ARCAM POCKET’.
Cultuur, Voorziening


The new style treasure house ‘Het Collectiecentrum’ of the Amsterdam Museum (formerly the Amsterdam Historical Museum) is located in the Cornelis Douwesterrein business park in Amsterdam-Noord.

In recent years, a number of architecturally interesting buildings have been built in this business park (approximately a 5 minute bicycle ride from the NDSM-werf ferry), including FriJo Lichtreclame on Netwerkweg by Patrick Koschuch Architecten and the Hulshoff archives building on Back-Upstraat by ITZ-Architecten. Diagonally opposite this latter building is the Amsterdam Museum’s Collectiecentrum (collection centre).

The Amsterdam Museum had been looking for some considerable time for a storage facility for its extensive historical collection and opted for new build. The building was to house, in addition to storage spaces, a restoration studio and multifunctional workspaces. The architect Wim Quist has designed a robust brick building and has given each of the various components a character all its own. The two completely closed side aisles contain the storage spaces. The central section has a more open character and comprises the entrance with porter’s lodge and a packing facility on the ground floor, with workspaces on the floors above. From here there is a stunning view of the IJ. The workspaces accommodate staff, curators, restorers, researchers, volunteers and artists who want to consult the collection or work on objects.

The semi-public character of the Collectiecentrum is a good example of the new attitude in the museum world, in which the relationship with the public has an increasingly reciprocal character. The Collectiecentrum is not a fortress but rather a treasure house, which now and then reveals its glittering treasures. (ARCAM/FG)