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On view

An Ingenious Plan

The Museum of the Canals

Museum of the Canals, Amsterdam (NL)

This exhibition shows why the canals of Amsterdam are so unique and why they are still so alive after 400 years. The experience is situated in an authentic canal house on one of the most beautiful spots of the Amsterdam Canal district. A sequence of five rooms on the first floor takes the visitor on a journey through time.

Amsterdam (NL)
Museum of the Canals
2011 & 2020
380 m2
Concept, design, art direction 
Herman Kossmann, Robert van der Linde, Wendy Snoek
Lighting design
Reinier Tweebeke, HeinzLoopstra
Kloosterboer Decor
AV, light and media control
Rapenburg Plaza, Ata Tech, Rutger van Dijk (advice)
Made by Mistake, Florian Göttke
AV, animation
Tungsten Studio, Thomas Kopperschlaeger, Florian Göttke, PlusOne
Design and animations dollhouse
Dutch Igloo
Pastelle Music
Audio tour
Gus Maussen, Soundsupply
Script and image research
De Nieuwe Collectie
An ambitious plan

The story starts in 1597. In the first room, the 3D model backed by double projection showcases the circumstances which led to the expansion of Amsterdam. Next in line is the story about the vision and decision-making behind the plan. Through an animation on a table you can watch the mayor converse with the chief government architect, the chief engineer and city treasury keeper as they chalk out an expansion plan for the city.

Lumber land

As you move on, relive how the canal houses are built. As you walk through this room, feel the sand on your feet, watch the workers in action live and wade through the historic canals. The next room allows the visitor a glimpse of life in a canal house. A miniature canal house shows how people used to live in these houses throughout the centuries. By using Pepper’s ghost technique, the rooms seem to be inhabited by real people.

Life on the canals

In the last room, an enormous model of the ring of canals takes centre stage. The end film projected on a circular wall is connected to projection mapping on the model. Different elements light up or move on the model when they are mentioned in the film. Here the visitor truly travels through time, from when the area had just been built to the most recent Gay Pride.


Our 2012 award-winning exhibition at the Museum of Canals was renewed in 2020. The hardware was in need of an update and the museum felt their story needed fine-tuning in light of our ever-changing interpretation of history. Together, we re-centred the storyline, created a brand-new audio guide and produced an end film in the final room. An immersive projection now connects this film to the existing city model. We also upgraded the exhibition with the latest technology.


Gouden Reiger 2012

Spatial Media, winner

SBID International Design Awards 2012