Brabants Buitenmuseum Out Herlaer
Het Brabants Buitenmuseum (Sculpture park) Out Herlaer will be a special place where nature, cultural history and art come together. On behalf of the land trust Het Brabant Landschap we developed a landscape vision for the area Haanwijk, Out Herlaer and Sterrenbos in 2013. This vision was further developed, together with Het Noordbrabants Museum and Parklaan, into an ambitious plan for an outdoor museum. In a larger context, the Sculpture park becomes part of the Van Gogh National Park. The first steps for the Buitenmuseum were realised in 2017 with the opening of the Museum Roman Halder that we designed. We are working on the listed farm Out Herlaer right now that becomes an exhibition space.
We started, in 2013, with the question how to anchor the historic fortified city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch with the rich history and contemporary culture of the Groene Woud area. The direct location of ‘s-Hertogenbosch old town centre next to the open landscape is unique. The Bossche Broek and the river Dommel form a beautiful entrance to nature; the cultural-historical landscape of the Groene Woud. An important point for the area around Out Herlaer is to make the landscape more accessible to residents and visitors of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and surroundings. The landscape can be experienced in different ways. The landscape has the potential to appeals to different groups if we offer a multi-layered landscape.
Ferry Castle Maurick > Out Herlaer
Museum landscape park
The most important layer is the beautiful natural landscape itself . A second layer is the existing historic cultural landscape that is sometimes visible and sometimes disappeared or hidden under new structures. The built heritage is an obvious third layer of cultural significance. In this study we present the spatial possibilities of a fourth and fifth layer.
We like to strengthen the present art activities that take place in Sterrenbos in the atelier of Leon Adriaans. Art and landscape, in the vicinity of the city, can be a very attractive destination for new visitors. We proposed a spatial framework shaped by an art-route through the surroundings. In a museum park, the focus could be on art and the relationship with nature. Land-art and larger statues are placed in in the woods and fields. A next step could be to offer accommodationIt would be nice to experience the nature and arts in an intense way. Accommodation in listed buildings make renovation possible and ensure the conservation of the heritage.
The Out Herlaer farm will form the centre in the outdoor museum. Here, heritage, landscape and art can come together in a special way. Out Herlaer is a listed building. The current long gable farm is built on the remains of a castle in 1850. The first written indications of the possible existence of a castle on the site of Out Herlaer date from the 11th century.
Tollhouse ‘ t Vaantje, entrance from the River Dommel