Museum Catharijneconvent Utrecht

Renovation

In 2006, in collaboration with Bierman Henket Architects, the renovation of museum Catharijneconvent was completed. Museum Catharijneconvent wishes to make the history of Christianity understandable to a wide audience. A number of thematic exhibitions provide different views on the subject. The art-historical value of the collection always plays a major part in this. The museum is visited by a steady audience of enthusiasts and wishes to attract more and different audiences with these exhibitions without alienating their current following.

In close collaboration with the architect it was decided to restore the atmosphere of the monastery building as much as possible, and adjust the interior accordingly. The permanent interior includes the following elements: situated in the cloisters, the history of Christianity in the Netherlands; in the Refectory, masterpieces from the medieval collection; in the arched basement, the treasury of liturgical objects and textiles; and two rooms concerning Medieval Utrecht focusing on crafts and the Utrecht Church Building. The explicit objective here is shaping the environment so that fragile pieces like the unique Bernulfuscodex can be displayed to the public. Information can be retrieved through touch screens, comfortable ‘workplaces’ for those that wish to really study the objects on display. Models of the Utrecht Cathedral and churches are viewable in suspended display cases which clearly show the detailed floor pattern.


Realisation
Bierman Henket Architecten
Ijsfontein
Licht Joost de Beij

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Museum Catharijneconvent Utrecht

Renovation

In 2006, in collaboration with Bierman Henket Architects, the renovation of museum Catharijneconvent was completed. Museum Catharijneconvent wishes to make the history of Christianity understandable to a wide audience. A number of thematic exhibitions provide different views on the subject. The art-historical value of the collection always plays a major part in this. The museum is visited by a steady audience of enthusiasts and wishes to attract more and different audiences with these exhibitions without alienating their current following.

In close collaboration with the architect it was decided to restore the atmosphere of the monastery building as much as possible, and adjust the interior accordingly. The permanent interior includes the following elements: situated in the cloisters, the history of Christianity in the Netherlands; in the Refectory, masterpieces from the medieval collection; in the arched basement, the treasury of liturgical objects and textiles; and two rooms concerning Medieval Utrecht focusing on crafts and the Utrecht Church Building. The explicit objective here is shaping the environment so that fragile pieces like the unique Bernulfuscodex can be displayed to the public. Information can be retrieved through touch screens, comfortable ‘workplaces’ for those that wish to really study the objects on display. Models of the Utrecht Cathedral and churches are viewable in suspended display cases which clearly show the detailed floor pattern.


Realisation
Bierman Henket Architecten
Ijsfontein
Licht Joost de Beij

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