The National Military Museum in Soesterberg
Militair Musuem Soesterberg - titel

Nationaal Militair Museum

Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen 

Soest, Verlengde Paltzerweg 1

2014

National

Last year we had a museum card in the Netherlands. We have visited many museums, and one of them was the National Military Museum in Soest. I still don’t know how we got to this museum, but it’s worth it. The army museum of Belgium is in an old hangar in Brussels (where I think it’s even raining inside). While in the Netherlands everything is hip and intelligible. Wonderful, a must if you are in the area.

Military

The new museum is a combination of two older collections: the Military Aviation Museum in Soesterberg and the Army Museum in Delft. It stands in a beautiful landscape, 45 hectares, that was previously not accessible to the public. The Aviation Department of the Dutch Royal Air Force was located here. The architects found that this place asked for a large building, something that does not just disappear into the landscape.

Museum

The National Military Museum shows the history of the army and the air force. The collection is shown in two types. The large, light room with a view of the surrounding landscape shows tanks, aircraft, armored vehicles and helicopters. In between there are “black boxes” without daylight, these are themed rooms that are supplemented with a personal story. The collection not only includes “modern” pieces, but also for example arrowheads from the Stone Age and armor from the Middle Ages.

Roof

The first thing you see when you turn into the parking is the immense half-timbered construction as a roof. The total surface area of the roof is 110 by 250 meters. This seems to float because it is completely surrounded by a glass section with a height of 13 meters. The glass creates a relationship between the collection and the landscape. A 33 meter high lookout tower protrudes through the roof. There are 3 240 solar panels on the roof, representing 25% of the total energy requirement.

Architecture prize

The Amsterdam architects Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen won the Abe Bonnema Architecture Prize for this building in 2015. A sum of 50,000 euros is attached to this. The jury states that a “Gesamtkunstwerk” has emerged. In 2016, the building also received the National Steel Prize for utility construction. There are those who question the originality and find that there is a great similarity with the Lake Side Center in Chicago.

Military Museum

 

Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen

Soest, Verlengde Paltzerweg 1

2014

More information

More contemporary architecture

Safety Pavilion Knokke-Heist – a bright yellow beacon

Safety Pavilion Knokke-Heist – a bright yellow beacon

Safety Pavilion Compagnie-O Knokke-Heist, Zeedijk-Knokke 660 2015 - 2019 Knokke While looking at which blog post I would write now, the choice quickly fell on the bright yellow pavilion on the Zeedijk of Knokke-Heist. A few weeks ago we spent a mini vacation at the...

read more
Crystal Houses Amsterdam – glass wall

Crystal Houses Amsterdam – glass wall

Crystal Houses MVRDV Amsterdam, PC Hooftstraat 94 2016Crystal Houses In the luxury shopping street PC Hooftstraat there has been a remarkable facade for several years. I myself have walked through it several times, but had not yet studied this facade in detail (shame...

read more
Library TU Delft

Library TU Delft

Library TU Delft MECANOO Delft, Prometheusplein 1 1996 - 1998 Library It had been on my wish list for several years: seeing the iconic cone of the TU Delft library. It is a design by MECANOO, an architectural firm from Delft, of which I have also discussed the...

read more