CollectionCentre Netherlands (CCNL) is the joint collection building for the state collections of the Dutch Open Air Museum, museum Paleis Het Loo, the Rijksmuseum and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands will be realized in Amersfoort Vathorst by design of cepezed.
In a sense CC-NL is the treasure room of The Netherlands, but the project’s emphasis lies on functionality. It will become a compact building with a limited outer surface, which has a flexible layout, is expandable and wherein above all it is enjoyable to work. It entails a volume structure of a ‘head’, ‘neck’ and ‘trunk’. The actual depot, the trunk, exists of four storey volume which is suitable for traditional climatizing as well as a Dutch climate system due to the concrete core activation with air/ water. The for-lying single storey building volume with a comparable square footprint contains, with a clear logistics and pleasant daylight engulfed work spaces, the programme of the ‘neck’. The ‘head’ forms a fully transparent segment at the front that welcomes both employees as visitors.
The depot has a large spans granting its maximum flexibility. Between the head with its entrance function and the neck with its employee programme lies a pleasant, secured patio of which the design fits the local surrounding. The conserving- and restauration ateliers are flooded with northern light via this patio and skylights. The neck forms a pleasant working environment with ample, but not disturbing and if necessary dimmable daylight.
The building brings several organizations together under one roof and thereby offers the possibility for synergy and collaboration as well as room for their own identity. In the building volume, materials and detailing the complex forms a strong unity that fits the interest of the collection as well as the expediency that CC-NL aims for.