The National Automobile Museum – Louwman Collection

The Hague, The Netherlands

The building’s character recalls traditional Dutch architecture suitable to the historic context

The Hague, The Netherlands

Completion Date

110,000 SF

Project Type
New Construction, Historic Landscape, Museum

Professional Credits
Associate Architect: Van Den Pauwert Architecten BNA

Response to a historic context

The project balanced large-scale storage and conservation workshops for an extraordinary collection of automobiles with the context of a bucolic historic park near the Queen’s Palace. We placed public-facing functions such as a reception hall, conference center and food service around a small-scaled courtyard. Its character – with distinctive brickwork and steeply sloped roofs with dormers – is reminiscent of a Dutch carriage house.       

Assembling industrial components

Working with the client, one of Europe’s largest car dealers, we utilized industrial building technologies to produce an efficient, economical and sustainable place for storing cars and displaying them — along with a wide variety of automotive art — in temporary and permanent galleries. By placing smaller elements such as an octagonal gallery aside the large volume, we created contemplative space for visitors within the landscape.

Celebrating the history of automobiles

Karen Nichols, FAIA

Principal, Design Practice Leader
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