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Extension and renovation Mauritshuis
The Hague 2009-2014

Extension and renovation Mauritshuis, The Hague
Total gross floor surface 6.400 m2 BVO
Commissioned by Stichting Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis will be substantially extended. For this purpose the building Plein 26, located across the street, will be merged by means of an underground foyer. The extention is part of the Masterplan 'mauritshuis building for the future'. The Masterplan includes the renovation of the existing Mauritshuis, which is part of the overall project.

The underground foyer is located six meters below street level, but because daylight penetrates from all sides, it feels very light and spacious. Access to the foyer is provided by the elevator or staircase leading down from the courtyard. This enables visitors to plan their route as they descend. Apart from new exhibition space, lecture theatre and education suite, the current museological and visitor facilities (such as entrance, restaurant, shop, cloakroom) will be enlarged and brought in line with the 21st-century requirements.

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis houses a world-famous collection of art. The heart of the collection consists of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including top-quality work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Jan Steen and Frans Hals.

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