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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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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

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INVISIBLE
DESIGN

Paleis Het Loo

Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn (NL)

Paleis Het Loo, the largest 17th-century palace of the House of Orange-Nassau and a national museum since 1984, has been closed for a long time due to a thorough renovation. Kossmanndejong is working with the museum to give the palace a new lease of life. We are still developing the exhibitions in the new underground extension. But you can now visit the renewed palace routes, the audio tours and a presentation on the history of Paleis Het Loo in the renovated historic palace.

Location
Apeldoorn (NL)
Client
Paleis Het Loo
Year
2022
Surface
1,600 m2
Status
Permanent
Role
Concept, spatial design, graphic design, creative direction, content development
Team
Robin Schijfs (lead), Maaike Sips, Tsur Reshef, Ina Meininghaus, Martijn Sas, Wendy Jansen
Construction
Planemos, Made by Mistake
Light design
Beersnielsen
Hardware advice
SemMika
Film, animation
Redrum
Audio production
Big Orange
Script
Floor van Lissa, Ferry Piekart, Willem Bosch
App
JUST
Photography carpet
Sander van den Bosch
Production carpet
Prints van Oranje, TDL Karpetten
TRACES OF THE PAST

Your visit starts at the servants’ entrance, a room we transformed to tell the history of Paleis Het Loo. A film brings a model of the palace and gardens to life and takes you on a journey through time, from the construction of the palace to the current renovation. You can also admire traces left by residents of Paleis Het Loo over the past centuries. Most of them are everyday objects, from pots and shards to the water pipes from the gardens’ first fountains. Archaeologists discovered some of these objects during the renovation.

HISTORICAL IMMERSION

The palace rooms look the same as they did when the royals roamed them. To allow visitors to fully experience this historic atmosphere, we omitted as many “museum” elements as possible. Unnecessary distractions, such as text signs, disappear. We also examined how visitors should move through the space. While Paleis Het Loo is one of the most visited museums in the Netherlands, it’s also full of small corridors and narrow rooms. By adjusting the routes and audio tour length to support the expected number of visitors, we ensure a smooth and comfortable visit. If we did our job well, you won’t even notice we were there.

INVISIBLE RUNNERS

To further enhance the authentic palace experience, we developed an “invisible” runner that is almost indistinguishable from the original floor. We photographed the floors and printed the patterns directly onto the runners. The route markers and audio stops are also printed on the carpet. This way, we protect the palace’s historic floors while maintaining the rooms’ immersive qualities.

‘If we did our job well, you won’t even notice we were there.’

Robin Schijfs

Lead designer — KDJ

AUDIO ENCOUNTERS

There are two routes in Paleis Het Loo. Along the East Route, you move through the palace in the 17th century when the newly built royal seat was one of the great centres of power in Europe. During the tour, William III’s best friend whispers the secrets of the Stadtholder-King in your ear. The West Route reveals how later generations of the royal family lived in the palace. You can choose between two stories: the comical family show At Home with the Royals, or a more intimate tour where Queen Wilhelmina and her immediate family take centre stage. Screenwriters wrote the three audio tours, imbuing each one with its own character and transforming the narrative into a progressive story that builds as you enter each room.