Reset Architecture

Museum Roman Halder

Reset Architecture transforms a barn at a historical estate into a museum. This adaptive reuse project uses a context-sensitive approach. The interior has changed to a level in which the old and new merge but still are, without hierarchy, visually present. As a result the new setting evokes a self-evident presence that relates to the landscape of the estate.

The Museum Roman Halder houses archaeological artifacts. Halder was a notable settlement where pottery and metal objects where produced during Roman times. Nearby the archaeological site, the museum is set up at the Haanwijk estate. The 17th century estate is located in a beautiful nature area at the river Dommel, located in-between Eindhoven and 's-Hertogenbosch.

The barn is transformed with one simple architectural intervention. A new wooden volume in the longitudinal direction of the barn provides the museum with 3 zones. The wooden volume is positioned in an oblique line in the plan, this creates a surprising spatial effect. It opens up the view and emphasises the size of the space. Most materials are bio-based. The popular wood originates from the plantation on the Haanwijk estate. The barn is insulated with flax in timber framed walls finished with clay plaster for instance. However, the interior does not present itself as a distinctive eco-architecture. The interior is a quiet and elegant background for the exhibition and a smooth continual factor of the landscape outside.

June 2017,
Brabants Landschap
Theo Mathijssen, Tess Landsman
Frans Spermon
De Visser - Bouwgroepmoonen