De Groen Art Collection

De Groen Art Collection

Weverstraat 40 Arnhem
Nationally listed former bank on Weverstraat 42 was renovated and re-designated to house the de Groen collection. Historical elements were revealed and restored to former glory through intense attention to detail.

Year

2017
Status
Completed

About

After having been in use as a ballet school, this listed monument, which was built for a merchant’s bank late in the nineteenth century, now houses the De Groen Collection, a private collection of contemporary art. All of the previous uses have left their traces in the building. In the remodelling, extraordinary spatial qualities, historical traces and scarring to the monumental tissue have all been optimally employed. With a modest number of architectural interventions, NEXIT was able to create a large diversity of spaces for a varied programme and the presentation of a large collection of contemporary art. When searching for technical improvements and solutions for heating and ventilation systems, upholding the basic character and history of the building was a primary goal. The reinstated atrium, featuring a soaring restored Art Nouveau skylight, is the focal point within the maze of spaces. The De Groen Collection received an honourable mention in the 2018 publication of Dutch national award the Gouden Piramide.

Specifications

Project
Renovation of a former bank to a contemporary art centre
Team
Addy de Boer, Joost Boks
Client
Collectie de Groen, Arnhem
Contractor
Bouwbedrijf Hoffman, Beltrum
Size
1250 m²
Images
Jan de Vries

Location