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Dutch Maritime Museum - 04.029


Entire study of a glazed roof after a 5 engineering-designer's architectural competition of international level.


The roof of the Dutch Marine Museum courtyard in Amsterdam NL-had to offer an intrinsic added value to this historically preserved building. Based on wind hoses of ancient marine maps of the museum collection, a steel structure is developed of 30m by 30m. This basic geometry was curved to a lightly bent dome that only transmits vertical charges onto the museum’s existing walls. Besides the steel structure also works as a scenographic element by the introduction of LED lights at different nodes and support points in the steel structure itself.

Specific features

Optimisation of the structure to avoid horizontal reactions. Complete integration of lighting, cabling, fixing of the glass roof, wind and water tightness in one single detail.


1° Prize International Architecture Competition on invitation; 1° Prize 'Amsterdam Architecture Prize 2012'; 1° Prize 'Dutch 2012 National Steel Prize'; 1° Prize 'Steel Construction Award 2012'

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Architect :

Ney & Partners

Client :

Rijksdienst voor Gebouwen

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Dimensions :

1000 m2

Total budget :

3200000 € Vat Excl.

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Images credits :

Ney & Partners - photo: J-L Deru