ClientProgramme Directors The New Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
ArchitectCruz y Ortiz Sevilla/Amsterdam
Project size10.000 m2 HFA
Start of project2004
Consulting servicesStructural design, detail drawings and calculations, site supervision
Because of the area to be realised on the construction site and the limitations to the building’s height, a basement was built underneath the entire site, directly next to existing heritage sites. The design features a solution based on underwater concrete. Because of the presence of artworks in the basement, it has to be absolutely watertight. To this end, much attention has been given to preventing water-bearing shrinkage cracks during design and construction, for example by applying cooling.
To connect the Rijksmuseum to the Atelier Building, a tunnel has been made underneath the existing safety institute. Together with the building’s repurposing, this has led to various expansions to the foundations and extra piles. To prevent future cracks, construction of the extra foundation piles has been emphasised in the design. By minimizing differences in stiffness as a result of foundation adjustments, chances of future non-uniform settlement have been reduced to a minimum.