This is the new entrance and exhibition space of Kaap Skil, Maritime and Beachcombers Museum designed by Mecanoo Architecten. Recently opened on the Dutch island of Textel, the playful, gabled volume greets visitors to the museum which highlights artifacts from the “Dutch Golden Age” when Texel was the departure point of vessels in the Dutch East India Company fleet. Four hundred years ago, sailors and businessmen set sail in search of spices
The exterior of the project is finished with vertical strips wood repurposed from a nearby canal. From the project’s interior, the vertical louvers filter views outward and cast long, striped shadows on the museum’s surfaces. The fins run up to meet the project’s jaunty roofline, which may seem like an irrational flourish but the gables help tie the project to the surrounding buildings. Both details help reinforce the identity of the museum as references to water. In the case of the roofline we have the abstract form of a wave and the facade is more like driftwood- something found and repurposed.