Five Dutch architect agencies have been selected to design a plan for the renovation and construction of new parts of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The selected architects are the architecture studio Herman Hertzberger, Benthem Crouwel, Henket en Partners, Diederen Dirrix van Wijlick and Claus en Kaan.
Although seven foreign architects had applied for the design, the selection commission, that consists of Maarten Kloos, Max van Rooy, Wim Quist, Sjoerd Soeters, Wim Pijbes, Toon Verhoef, Hans van Beers and project leader Herman van Vliet, has selected Dutch architects only. With this choice the selection commission is breaking a trend.
Besides, the selection commission made a safe choice by selecting no ‘young’ architects or avant-garde studios like MVRDV or OMA, which is remarkable as well.
In September 2004 the winning plan will be announced. The renovated Stedelijk Museum will be delivered at the end of 2007.
Source: De BOX / Volkskrant