Het Loo Palace will be completely open in 2023 after an intensive renovation and refurbishment. Under the Bassecour, the forecourt of the historic palace, a modern expansion of 5,000 m2 containing new reception and exhibition areas is being constructed. The palace was built at the end of the 17th century by order of King Stadholder William III and Queen Mary Stuart II, and was inhabited by the Royal Family until 1975. It is now one of the most visited museums in the Netherlands. Kossmanndejong works on the concept and design of the permanent exhibitions. The historic palace rooms are already open for the public.
We are currently working on projects in the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UAE for instance in museums, cultural institutions and governments. The themes of these projects range from science, sustainability, royalty to the Anthropocene. Some of them are expected to open later this year, others in the years to come. Below you will find a selection.
2023 (Permanent exhibitions)
Together with Afaina de Jong (AFARAI) we are developing the new permanent exhibition of the Tropenmuseum themed “Our Colonial Heritage”. In this presentation, the museum will shed a new light on its own colonial collection and its role as a former colonial Institute. Our design aims to steer away from the normative narrative and literature, and to hold space for counter narratives. Through a transhistorical presentation visitors can discover how much the Dutch colonial past, with its slavery, trade syndicates and land exploitation, still resonates in today’s society.
We are collaborating with the Stapferhaus to create a forum for dialogue about humans’ relationship with nature. In this immersive exhibition, visitors can assess their attitudes toward nature. Exploring these attitudes is imperative for our future because they are the foundation of our words, beliefs and actions. Big questions underlie these explorations: What is ‘nature’ and to whom does it belong? What is humankind’s relationship to nature? Are we its owners or its guardians? Are we part of it or is it part of us? We invite visitors to question their convictions and broaden their perspectives in an open, playful and enjoyable way.
We are developing the permanent exhibition, visitor experience, and interior of the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s new Harbor Experience Centre (HEC). The building is designed by MVRDV and is located on the North Sea, at the westernmost tip of the port. In this new public center, young and old discover the complex, dynamic world of Europe’s largest and most modern port. What does the port mean for society, the economy, and the environment? How will energy transition and digitization take shape? And what does the port mean for the everyday lives of visitors? The concept and design of the center will be revealed during a press event on June 16. Read more.
Maasvlakte 2 (NL)