Today official opening National Military Museum

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander opens the new National Military Museum in Soesterberg today. Kossmann.dejong has developed the concept for this vast museum, which encompasses two different exhibition environments. On the one hand a large ‘daylight museum’ on the ground floor, where the emphasis is on the museum’s extensive collection. On the other hand ‘black box’ on the first floor, a darkened thematic space intended primarily for story-telling. In a unique collaboration process the building, its interior and the surrounding landscape have been designed simultaneously and coherently


New partner

Ellen Schindler has become a partner in Kossmann.dejong. This makes her the third partner in the company, alongside its founders Herman Kossmann and Mark de Jong. Ellen Schindler started working at Kossmann.dejong in 2005. She studied Interior Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, and subsequently Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University. She has worked at renowned agencies like Mecanoo architects and West 8. Within the context of Kossmann.dejong Ellen is Business Director.

Kossmann.dejong designs Lounge 2 Schiphol

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has started with a complete overhaul of its Lounge 2, Schiphol’s largest departure hall with a total floor space of 15.000 m2. In collaboration with Benthem Crouwel Architects, who are responsible for the architectural design of the lounge, Kossmann.dejong has designed the interior: this comprises a new airport concept with seven entirely different ‘worlds’. The aim is to design an internationally distinguished lounge, where passengers can spend time, meet and explore.


Two designs for new Naturalis

Naturalis in Leiden (NL) is in the process of a radical redesign of its building and its exhibitions. The new building, designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects, will contain nine thematic exhibitions, two of which will be designed by Kossmann.dejong. One will focus on the diversity of life on earth and the wealth of nature, the other will focus on the topic of ‘death’.

Shower of awards

On 19 November it was announced that Kossmann.dejong’s design for the Wonder Rooms at Gemeentemuseum The Hague (NL) will be awarded a prestigious, international entertainment prize: the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement. In addition, Wonder Rooms has also received the most important prize in the Dutch gaming industry, the Dutch Game Award 2014, category Best Applied Game Design. Previously Wonder Rooms was already winner of the International Design and Communication Award in Sydney (Australia). The permanent display at the National Maritime Museum in Denmark, also designed by Kossmann.dejong, received a silver award there.


‘Longing for Mecca’ permanent in Leiden

Kossmann.dejong has been invited by the National Museum of Ethnology to embed the temporary exhibition ‘Longing for Mecca – The Pilgrim’s Journey’ in the museum’s permanent display. The exhibition, which ran between September 2013 and March 2014, attracted a very diverse audience: from dedicated to less experienced museum visitors, and more specifically members of the Muslim community. Therefore the museum was also recently awarded the Museum Award 2014 of the province of Zuid-Holland.


Kossmann.dejong in The Blue Book

The Blue Book was initiated by MuseumINSIDER, a website with information about museum and heritage projects in the UK and Europa. The Blue Book comprises a series of six digital publications, compiled especially for procurement managers and project specifiers in the museum and heritage sector. As lead sponsor of The Blue Book Volume 03, which is dedicated to museum design, Kossmann.dejong’s work features extensively.

In addition

The successful exhibition ‘Hail the People – Indigenous people photographed by Jimmy Nelson’, which was exhibited earlier in the year at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, has a sequel. Kossmann.dejong has adapted the presentation for the Africa Museum in Berg en Dal (NL), where the photo exhibition can be seen until spring 2015.


Micropia open!

Queen Máxima has opened Micropia on Tuesday 30 September. Micropia is an exhibition in which the invisible world of micro-organisms has been made visible. It is located in the renovated Members’ Rooms (1870) along the new Artis Square in Amsterdam. Together with the Micropia project team, the German media design agency ART+COM Studios and a team of experts, Kossmann.dejong was responsible for the concept and design of this exceptional exhibition.


Experience history in the Markthal

A day following the opening of Micropia Queen Máxima also opened the Markthal in Rotterdam. The exhibition ‘The Time Stairs’, located in the escalator section, was designed by Kossmann.dejong. Surrounded by abstract graphic prints of layers of soil, visitors descend into the parking garage. Museum vitrines display archeological finds excavated during the digging out of the parking garage, offering an interesting journey through time.


‘GEISHA’ in National Museum of Ethnology

Previous collaborations between the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden (NL) and Kossmann.dejong have led to internationally acclaimed exhibitions, including ‘The Story of the Totem Pole’ and ‘Longing for Mecca’. This fruitful collaboration continues with the exhibition ‘GEISHA’, in which visitors encounter this most controversial phenomenon and style icon of Japanese elite culture. ‘GEISHA’ is now open to the public.


Official moment in Taipei

Kossmann.dejong’s final designs for four new museums in Taipei’s City Museum Park (Taiwan) have been officially approved by the Mayor and the Cultural Department of the City of Taipei. Following the many plaudits received we are now working towards the next step in the realization of the central museum, a tunnel, the literature museum and the culinary museum.


Wonder Rooms finalist Cinekid Festival

During the annual Cinekid Festival prizes are awarded for the best film, television and new media productions for children. From an international cohort of new games, creative apps, and mixed media installation, Wonder Rooms finished in the top 3 of Best New Media Productions.


Kossmann.dejong awarded

Kossmann.dejong has received several awards during the International Design Awards (IDA) 2013, which aims to recognise, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries worldwide. They include two golden IDA Awards (Interior Other category) for ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls’ and ‘Longing for Mecca’. The National Maritime Museum in Helinsgør not only received a silver IDA Award, but is also nominated for the SBID International Design Award 2014 (Public Space category) and an FX International Interior Design Award (Museum / Exhibition Space category). The winners of these prestigious awards will be announced in London in November.


In addition

Herman Kossmann will deliver a lecture on ‘Making Narrative Environments’ during the Raumwelten 2014 conference in Ludwigsburg (Germany) on 24 October. Raumwelten is an international platform for scenography, architecture and media.

The National Military Museum in Soesterberg is in the final phase of realisation. Kossmann.dejong has worked hard on the development and implementation of the display of this unique museum since January 2011, attempting to convey the rich history of the army in an exciting way. The official opening will take place on 11 December, and the museum will be open to the public from 13 December.

Eight months after its opening, the National Maritime Museum in Denmark has welcomed its 100,000th visitor, which was much earlier than expected. The permanent display is a popular destination for school classes and forms an important addition to the tourist attractions in Helsingør.

The touring exhibition ‘SUPERMODELS’, initiated by Concern to promote Dutch design worldwide, can be seen during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven in Deerns’ offices. As part of the project Kossmann.dejong has designed a diorama for the Dutch Design (Doll) House. Previously ‘SUPERMODELS’ travelled to Tbilisi (Georgia), where the exhibition at the Dutch Embassy was a success.

SEGD Merit Award for ‘ Longing for Mecca’

At the SEGD Global Design Awards 2014 in Atlanta (USA) Kossmann.dejong has received the Merit Award in the Exhibitions category for the design of the temporary exhibition ‘Longing for Mecca – A pilgrim’s Journey’. The SEGD Global Design Awards focus on experiential graphic design in the built environment.


European museum prize for KAAP SKIL

KAAP SKIL, museum of beachcombers & sailors, received a Special Commendation at the annual Luigi Micheletti Award ceremony, the European prize for innovative museums in the world of industry, science and technics. According to the jury: “This museum deserves a Special Commendation for its creativity and high level of museological interpretation.” Kossmann.dejong designed the exhibitions and the museum interior, while Mecanoo architects was responsible for the design of the entrance building.


International recognition Wonder Rooms

The Museums + Heritage Awards in London (UK) recently labelled the Wonder Rooms at the Municipal Museum in The Hague as ‘Highly Commended’. In the category International, the Wonder Rooms are considered one of the most inspiring visitor projects in the museum and heritage sector.



Early June the touring exhibition ‘SUPERMODELS’, initiated by Concern and aimed to promote Dutch design worldwide, was on show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. As part of the project Kossmann.dejong has designed a diorama in the Dutch Design (Doll) House. Previously ‘SUPERMODELS’ was on show in Milan, and in the future it will tour to London, Berlin, Chicago and Washington, among other cities.

On view

The photo exhibition ‘HAIL THE PEOPLE!’ will be on show until 7 September at the National Ethnographic Museum in Leiden. Visitors will find themselves face to face with indigenous people who live in the most remote places on earth, captured in recent years by top photographer Jimmy Nelson.

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The University Museum Utrecht, which has recently been nominated as the most ‘child proof’ museum in Utrecht province, currently shows ‘Down to the Bone’. Young and old are being challenged to proactively explore the world of the vertebrates.

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Groundbreaking Taipei City Museum Park

At the end of May Herman Kossmann and Martin Saemmer visited Taipei (TW) to inaugurate the Taipei City Museum Park, together with other parties involved. Four new museums are to be realised in the park, which is located in the city centre. Kossmann.dejong is responsible for the museums’ concepts and the exhibition design for the central museum, two tunnels, the literature museum and the food museum.


New concept for Coral Triangle Center in Bali

Kossmann.dejong has been invited by the Coral Triangle Center to develop the concept for an interactive knowledge and meeting centre for one of the world’s most important coral ecosystems: the Coral Triangle. This new centre is to become the new HQ for all of CTC’s activities.


Opening photo exhibition Jimmy Nelson

The exhibition ’Hail the people!’, designed by Kossmann.dejong, will open on 12 April 2014 at the National Museum for Ethnology in Leiden. Visitors can mentally join top photographer Jimmy Nelson on his travels, and will encounter indigenous people from all over the world face to face.


Museum für Kommunikation selects Kossmann.dejong

The Museum für Kommunikation [Museum for Communications] in Bern (Switzerland) has commissioned Kossmann.dejong to design a comprehensive refurbishment of the museum’s permanent display. The new overview exhibition is slated to open for the public in autumn 2016.


Supermodels: Kossmann.dejong travels the world with design dollhouse

Kossmann.dejong has designed a diorama for a dollhouse that is part of the travelling exhibition ‘Supermodels’, initiated by Concern. The Netherlands’ best product design, architecture and interior designs will be brought together in this exhibition, which aims to show the wealth and diversity of Dutch Design.

The launch takes place during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, 8–13 April.

Shortly on view: ‘Down to the bone’ at the University Museum Utrecht

Kossmann.dejong is currently finalising the new family exhibition ‘Down to the bone’, which will open to the public on 24 April 2014. Visitors will be challenged to explore skeletons, teeth, intestines and a range of objects from the fields of biology, (veterinary) medicine and dentistry in detail.


In addition

During the international ‘Re-Envisioning Exhibition Design’ forum, which will take place between 25 and 27 April 2014 in London, Herman Kossmann is one of the speakers. This year’s topic is ‘Chaos at the Museum, Designing for Audience Participation’.

Kossmann.dejong has managed to receive two out of five nominations for the London Design Week Award 2014 in de category Exhibition Design. Both Wonderkamers 2.0 in the Municipal Museum The Hague and the National Maritime Museum in Denmark have been shortlisted. The three other nominees are Michael Grubb Studio, Real Studios and Stanton Williams. The winner will be announced on 15 May 2014.

In Frame’s ‘Top 10 Exhibition Design’, Kossmann.dejong has ended up second for the new National Maritime Museum in Helsingør (Denmark).

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23 November 2019
‘Humania’ in NEMO Science Museum Amsterdam (NL)

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Dutch Pavilion Expo 2020 Dubai (UAE)

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We The Curious, Bristol (UK)

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