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Dordrechts Museum

Dirk Jan Postel | Kraaijvanger

Over the last twenty years the museums and cultural institutions of Europe have generally taken on a radical new role. No longer temples of education and erudition, custodians of great works, they are now conceived as new urban services, focal sites giving their city a new identity and triggering the regeneration of whole neighbourhoods. The extension of the Dordrecht museum, originally founded in 1904, testifies to this sea change. The original museum, which houses a large collection of Dutch masters, had longer been sorely inadequate. Now, the need for more space to exhibit all the works owned by the museum tied in with the need to revamp the spaces and give them a new identity, turning it into an urban service centre proper accessible to all. Designed by Dirk Jan Postel of the Rotterdam-based firm Kraaijvanger, the new museum section, occupying an adjacent site once...

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