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Dutch art museum reopens after refurb

The Rijksmuseum art gallery in Amsterdam reopened last week following a renovation programme lasting over a decade.

A joint venture including consultants Arup and Royal Haskoning worked on the refurbishment that was opened by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands last week. Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz were commissioned to lead the refurbishment project in 2001.

Arup worked on the building services and the lighting design for the renovation of the 19th century building. Work included a complete overhaul of all existing installations for the main and surrounding buildings, ensuring a stable indoor climate to prevent conditions damaging the exhibits.

The resulting work included changes to the façades and interiors of the museum buildings, along with the installation of an advanced building management system.

“The architecture of Cruz and Ortiz blends and contrasts with the restored Cuypers masterpiece, bringing the Rijksmuseum back to international prominence,” said Arup project director Joop Paul.

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