|Architect||Hans van Heeswijk, Dick de Gunst, Stephanie Haumann|
|Office||Hans van Heeswijk architecten|
|Icw||interieur Merkx + Girod, landschap Michael van Gessel|
|Commisioner||Stichting Hermitage aan de Amstel|
|Realized by||Bouwbedrijf M.J. de Nijs en Zonen B.V (hoofdaannemer)|
|Accessible||Metro 53, stop Waterlooplein|
|More||www.hermitage.nl Hermitage Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel. Redactie: Natascha Drabbe, Renson van Tilborg.Uitgever: NDCC Publishers, 2009. Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2009-2010; ARCAM POCKET 23. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ARCAM POCKET.|
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Museum in former Amstelhof
The largest annex of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg is situated on the Amstel, between Nieuwe Herengracht and Nieuwe Keizersgracht. It took two years to transform the monumental Amstelhof from a nursing home into a museum.
The home was built in 1681, probably under the direction of the city carpenter Hans van Petersom. At that time, the 102 metre wide façade was the longest in the city. After three hundred years, the building was no longer able to meet modern requirements and the deanery of the Dutch Reformed Congregation decided to relocate to a new site. The building was handed over to Amsterdam city council, on condition that it would be given a cultural function. The seventeenth-century Amstelhof is a national listed monument. The architect Hans van Heeswijk was not allowed to alter the classical symmetrical façade. The layout, garden and interior have, though, been completely transformed.
Visitors to the museum are led through the Ossenport, situated underneath the stairs of the fake entrance on the Amstel, directly into the inner garden courtyard. After the closed impression conveyed by the buildings exterior, this newly created public space comes as a surprise.
Only the trustees rooms, the church hall and the historical kitchen have been restored to their original state. Van Heeswijk has used stylistic elements of Dutch classicism in the rest of the building, which gives rise to a well-organized, spatial and light whole. The austere contemporary interior, designed by Merkx+Girod architects, is in keeping with this.
Anyone who has visited the Amstelhof in the past knows how sombre and dark it used to be. It makes a very different impression now. It is still sober, but that was the architects intention. Visitors are able to focus their attention exclusively on the exhibited objects.