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Projection test for the Names memorial, the room is still empty now. Our Colonial Heritage

24.05.2022 at 15:17 by Wendy Snoek

Growing steel structures. Growth, what is that?

05.04.2022 at 14:00 by Lucandrea Baraldi

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The ideal spot for the Herron. The Voice of Urban Nature

21.03.2022 at 10:33 by Herman Kossmann

Slowly towards the opening on the 8th of February! Our Land

01.02.2022 at 17:34 by Remco Swart

Together with photographer Sander van den Bosch, we are measuring and photographing all floors of the palace. Visitors will soon be walking on 'invisible' carpets, in order to experience the original atmosphere of the rooms as fully as possible. Paleis Het Loo

26.01.2022 at 12:54 by Robin Schijfs

After all those days at home behind a screen, it is very nice to finally do some hands-on experimenting with projections and different layers of transparent fabrics... Nature

07.12.2021 at 17:33 by Pauline Fer

Work in progress for Museum Sophiahof. In progress…

02.12.2021 at 17:28 by Remco Swart

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Work in progress for a children's tour Work in Progress

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs

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Barefoot in an exhibition? Together with the Stapferhaus, we are looking at what this means for the perception of the visitors... Nature

24.11.2021 at 18:23 by Robin Schijfs

With a few kickoff days (and nights) in the mountains of Switzerland, we have firmly started the draft design for the new Nature exhibition at the Stapferhaus! Nature

30.09.2021 at 11:09 by Robin Schijfs

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Cleaning out tree routs before they will be lifted to the ceiling Groote Museum

25.09.2021 at 12:29 by Michel de Vaan

Milling earth elevation minus water from a special foam. Here we show how little drinking water there actually is on earth. Groote Museum

30.06.2021 at 12:04 by Michel de Vaan

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Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot

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A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus

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Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis

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The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake (f)or Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef

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The last steps before the Coronel Pavilion at the Portuguese-Israeli Cemetery Beth Haim is opened! Coronel pavilion

29.11.2020 at 14:30 by Remco Swart

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All in good hands with Fiction Factory Museum of the Mind

07.11.2020 at 17:32 by Femke Bijlsma

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Historical Encounters

Canon of Dutch History

Holland Open Air Museum, Arnhem (NL)

Years ago, the planned National Historical Museum was commissioned to present The Canon of Dutch History, the history of the Netherlands, in fifty windows. The museum was never built, and the assignment went to the Open Air Museum and the Rijksmuseum. We won the design competition for the permanent exhibition in a new pavilion in the Open Air Museum which we created together with Redrum and IJsfontein, led by Pieter van der Heijden of XPEX.

Location
Arnhem (NL)
Client
Holland Open Air Museum Arnhem
Year
2017
Surface
1,780 m2
Status
Permanent
Role
Concept, spatial design, graphic design, creative direction
Team
Robert van der Linde (lead), Herman Kossmann, Wendy Snoek, Pauline Fer, Remco Swart
Architect
Mecanoo
Construction
Heijmerink Wagemakers, Vormgeversatelier, Brandwacht & Meijer
Contractor
Heijmans
Concept, content development
XPEX
Light design
HeinzLoopstra
Project management
Joep Schellekens
AV production
Redrum
AV hardware
Rapenburg Plaza
Interactives
IJsfontein
Showcase mounting
Crown
A multimedia film set

We wanted to create a stimulating and fascinating visual narrative. We came up with a multimedia film set where you can experience history. You walk through a spatial collage of historic moments. The stories are told by ordinary people like you and me. You can experience the past through the present in a compelling way.

A spatial time machine

The time travel stretches over four consecutive halls. First you are taken step by step back in time in the tunnel-shaped introduction room, starting from the end of the 20th century until well before the year zero. How did we use to make light? What did children play with? What did we use to eat? Through film projections, characters give a glimpse into their daily lives, now and in the past. You get an idea of how living conditions are constantly changing.

The story of the Netherlands in ten parts

In the high dome hall you walk through ten enormous chronological romantic-realistic set pieces. They are brought to life by film projections. Interactive games challenge you to actively search for information. For example, you can play a sailing game in the Kamper Kogschip, in which you learn to trade with other Hanseatic cities. Or open a treasure chest of collection objects by working together with fellow visitors.

‘Through projections on the floor and ceiling you can feel time passing by. Together with exciting light and sound effects they connect the whole.’

Robert van der Linde

Lead designer – KDJ

Netherlands in panoramic flight

In the third room, a panoramic film shows how what we now know as the Netherlands has changed shape over the centuries, both geographically and geologically. Infographics and historical maps place it in a broader, international context. Graphic patterns on the floor and walls mirror those connections. The seating is designed as abstract earth layers.

Interactive wall

In Windows to the Past, the last room, visitors get to see The Canon of Dutch History as a whole. An 18-meter-wide interactive wall shows a chronological overview of all fifty windows. There is a digital treasure hunt along various Canon windows, and both young and old can compete together at the family game on one of the interactive tables. Here it becomes clear that history is more than a collection of Canon windows: it is an infinitely rich story with endless connections.

Awards

Museums+Heritage Awards 2018

International, winner

European Design Award 2018

Exhibition Design, silver