Civic Architects has designed a shoe museum in Walwijk, Holland. It is located in the building of the City Hall of the 1930s
September 6, 2022
The Schoenenkwartier Museum is dedicated to the history of shoe design and production in Wahlwijk, which for many centuries was an important center of traditional crafts in the province of North Brabant. The architects of the Amsterdam bureau Civic Architects were faced with the task of transforming a historic building, a cultural heritage site, into a modern space with halls for exhibiting an extensive museum collection, which has about 12 thousand items, as well as other museum objects, including cafes and design workshops.
The town hall building was built by the architect Alexander Kropholler in the 1930s. In the 1980s, an office block was added to it. The Shoe Museum project continues the principles laid down by Krofoller in his original design and retains the arcade layout, to which the architects have added new arched windows with thick oak frames. “We used expressive details to emphasize Krofoller's strict, if not overly hard, style. This is a brand new chapter in the building's long, layered history, says Civic Architects.
The museum occupies a central position on the Raduisplein, from which large arched windows overlook all of its public spaces, including cafes and open workshops. The building can be entered directly from the square or through larger sliding doors from the adjacent gallery. The spacious foyer is paved with brick, which seems to continue the square's pavement.
The central foyer connects to the rest of the open-plan spaces on the ground floor: a cafe and exhibition halls designed by the Dutch studio Tinker Imagineers.
One of the main interventions in the building's main structure was a series of circular openings cut into the façade of the 1980s office addition. Through them you can look into the exhibition space from the lobby. The decoration used traditional materials: brick, steel, wood, concrete. “They enhance the atmosphere created by the museum collection and historical buildings and, thus, form a single work of art,” say the authors of the projects. .jpg” />