National Military Museum
Ministry of Defence
Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects has designed the museum layout of the Dutch National Military Museum in Soesterberg. This completely new museum is located at the former Soesterberg Air Base and comprises the former Military Aviation Museum in Soesterberg, and the Army Museum in Delft. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander opened the museum on 11 December 2014.
Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects was part of the Heijmans PPP consortium, which, in addition to developer Heijmans, consists of Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen Architects, and H+N+S Landscape Architects. The new building, the entire museum layout, and the surrounding landscape have been designed as an integrated entity.
The total project area, including the museum complex, covers around 45 hectares. At the centre of the site, the large museum building is realized with a total amount of exhibition floor space of 20.000 m². Two museum concepts are elaborated on in the new museum. A ‘daylight museum’ is based on the ground floor, which offers a chronological overview of about a thousand years of military technology. And on the first floor a ‘black box’ has been developed, a thematic museum without daylight. Here, seven exciting, theatrical environments have been created. ‘The story of the armed forces’ takes centre stage, including stories about the importance of water for our defence, about the present, past and future of the armed forces, about the position of the armed forces in Dutch society, as well as personal stories and dilemmas. A mix of media and education tools, among which models, films, animations, sound and theatrical, dynamic lighting, offer many opportunities to convey these rich stories in an exciting way.
Expected is that the new museum will also appeal to families and attract a broader, culturally inclined audience, next to an audience interested in the armed forces. Not least because of the extraordinary architecture and the beautiful surroundings, which offers a lot of other activities and experiences.
museum concept, spatial design, graphic design, art direction: Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects
project- and process management , development, engineering, production, realization of all exhibits: Bruns
films, interactives, animations, games: Shosho
documentaries, film installations: De Aanpak
interactives, games Xplore, App: Fabrique
lightning design, show control, programming, AV hardware: Rapenburg Plaza
- Nominated Dutch Museum Award - 2016
- Special Recommendation European Museum of the Year (EMYA) - 2016
- Winner DagjeWeg.nl Award - 2015
- Shortlisted Design Week Awards - 2015
publications- Wij en onze krijgsmacht - NRC Weekend (29-11-2014) - Luchtgevecht in nieuw museum - NRC Handelsblad (10-12-2014) - Nergens vol, overal leger - Volkskrant (05-12-2015) - Het testteam bezoekt NMM - Kidsweek (15-01-2015) - Nationaal Militair Museum in Park Vliegbasis Soesterberg - De Architect (01-02-2015) - Superhanger - Architectuur NL (01-03-2015) - Militärmuseum - Bauwelt (01-03-2015) - Design, Build, Finance, Maintain en Operate - Museumvisie (01-03-2015) - Blackbox - MARK magazine (01-03-2015) - Nationaal Militair Museum in Soesterberg - AIT magazine (01-03-2015) - Night at the (Military) Museum - AV Asia Pacific Magazine (01-05-2015)