The Limburg Museum presents the history of the province of Limburg from prehistory to today. As the historic location hardly referred to the past anymore, contemporary tools were used to create tangible history. Located opposite Central Station on a large city centre roundabout, the building is a new town gate, recalling the town gate to Cologne formerly located on this site. The steel and the glass of the entrance and the office section refer to modern times. The curved elongated brick volume refers to the past, to when town walls stood here, and adds a new landmark to central Venlo. This is where the exhibition halls are: from the entrance visitors descend – through the wall – to ancient history and then ascend, across bridges, to more recent times. This section was realized like a cabinet, with little doors leading to twelve different historical time units. A ‘lazy’ staircase slowly leads visitors back to the bright entrance that is here and now.
Client Limburgs Historical and Ethnological Museum Foundation Project museum and archive
Size 7.600 m² Completion 2000
Team Jeanne Dekkers
Advisors Adviesbureau D3BN Civiel Ingenieurs, Amsterdam (construction) Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs B.V., Maastricht (installations) Tebodin Consultants & Engineers, Eindhoven (building sciences) Contractor Bruns en Bonke Bouw B.V., Venlo