The transformation of De Holland office building into the National Museum of Education was completed in July 2015. The municipal monument from 1939 was designed by Sybold van Ravesteijn for fire insurance company 'Holland van 1859'. The building's conversion into a supermarket in 1980 involved the total demolition of the original interior, drastic alterations to the façade, and the addition of assorted volumes.
In the transformation into a museum of education, all additions
of recent years have been removed. The original prefabricated
concrete façade has been insulated on the inside and restored on
the exterior. Concrete repairs have been carried out on the whole
façade, and previously demolished prefab concrete elements have
been reconstructed. The concrete roof over the entrance has been
repaired and is protected cathodically from corrosion.
Some of the frames have been replaced by double-glazed profiles fitted with insulating glass, while others have been restored and fitted with insulating glass. The original Articon plasterwork (decorative plaster with stone aggregate) has been restored and finished to match the original plasterwork.
A large void cuts through the concrete floor on the bel étage. The floor of the original archive space in the basement - used in recent decades as a car park - has been lowered by a metre so that it can function as an exhibition gallery. The concrete floor of the bel étage has been strengthened so that its bearing capacity is suitable for museum purposes. The lowered basement and bel étage together provide over 1000 m2 of exhibition space.
Visually connecting the two exhibition levels, the new void brings daylight into the basement. Flanking the monumental entrance are an education space and a café, designed to reflect the original formal idiom of Van Ravesteijn. A newly designed, centrally positioned stairs and lift provide access to the three levels. The half-open lift receives light from above.
The governors' room on the roof has been restored to its original condition and turned into a representative space that can be rented out. The original concrete chimney and advertising column will soon be reinstalled on the roof of the governors' room.
Bierman Henket interieur designed the interior of the café, shop, education space and reception desk. The interior design was inspired by the original but now-demolished interior by Van Ravesteyn: open spaces, plenty of light and clean design forms.
Pieters Bouwtechniek (structure)
Huisman & van Muijen (service engineering)
Peutz (bouwfysica and fire safety)
4advies (construction costs)
Delva & Van Gessel
Burgemeester de Raadtsingel 97
3311 JG Dordrecht