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Kruizenga Art Museum: natural stone façade-elements tangentially arranged

The architect faced a tough challenge in complying to specifications and expectations, even though the starting conditions were ideal. Margret Feldemann Kruizenga together with her husband and most important patron allowed for no mistake: "I don’t want a box, I want something unusual."

Kruizenga Art Museum: natural stone façade-elements tangentially arranged

The exhibit area is small relative to other museum buildings, what with 1,400 m² (15.000’²). But its expectation is all the greater: Holland, Michigan’s Kruizenga Art Museum aspires to set an unmistakable landmark on the Hope College campus and provide a first-class learning-venue of a special kind.

It is more than an architectural effect and can actually stand to represent the aims and goals of the entire museum: "The mission of the Kruizenga Art Museum (KAM) is to educate, engage, and inspire the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Hope College, as well as the broader communities of Holland and West Michigan"– with emphasis on "to inspire".

To this end, of course, the building complex need not impress by its mere size. More importantly it must radiate trust and openness.

Lähde: Stone-Ideas.com

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