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TULIP MUSEUM

Type: museum, shop, 200m²
Client: Amsterdam Tulip Museum
Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Architect: NEZU AYMO architects [Skafte Aymo-Boot]
Graphic design: Haller Brun
Curator: Durkje van der Wal
Status: completion 2012

The new museum is a composition of 9 different thematic rooms distributed over 3 floors, all describing different aspects of the history of the tulip. Each room gets a particular spatial character connected to the specific topic through the use of material and colour. The movement of the visitor through the sequence of different atmospheres is the element which binds the museum together to a surprising and playful experience. The museum is entered through the museum shop, located on the Prinsengracht. Here, you find yourself standing in a landscape with long sandy earth coloured tables forming a field and the shop items the flowers growing out of it. In the background, the silhouette of a tulip farmer is working the field. Under the ceiling, hundreds of strings in different shades of greys and blues make up a typical endless Dutch sky.

Photo: Jeroen Musch, NEZU AYMO