Maluku Museum (MUMA) commissioned Serge Schoemaker Architects to design a plan for the conversion and extension of the museum building. The design replaces a part of the existing building from the eighties and exploits the currently unused museum courtyard. The building costs of the MUMA extension are 1 million euro. It is expected that the project will be realised in 2012.
+ Project description courtesy of Serge Schoemaker Architects
The mission of Museum Maluku (MUMA) in Utrecht is to collect, to preserve, to research and to present the material and immaterial heritage of the Moluccan community in the Netherlands.
MUMA carries out this mission by organizing exhibitions, conducting or ordering research, producing or co-producing events and shows, workshops and debates.
Next to the exhibition spaces, MUMA offers a knowledge center, a music theater which accomodates up to eighty people and a Moluccan culinary café. To improve the combined use of these four functions a conversion of the existing complex is necessary. In 2009 MUMA commissioned Serge Schoemaker Architects (Amsterdam, NL) to design a plan for the conversion and extension of the museum building.
Our design replaces a part of the existing building from the eighties and exploits the currently unused museum courtyard. The extension connects the different activities within the museum. It improves the transition through the complex and offers the MUMA a spatious foyer and a mulitfunctional exposition room.
The foyer and café adjoin the large terrace and characteristic garden. The exposition room is enclosed by the monumentalnineteenth century buildings along the Biltstraat and the Kruisstraat; here a naturally lit roof generates ideal exposition light. Because of the open plan and the centrally positioned bar and kitchen, the extension can be used for temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, parties and dinners.
The museum extension is a contemporary architectural design with a reduced materiality. The white plastered walls create serenity and the luxurious oak flooring generate warmth and intimacy.
+ Project credits / data
Project: Museum Maluku (MUMA) Extension Design
Preliminary Design: 2010
Due for completion: 2012
Client: Museum Maluku, Utrecht
Architect: Serge Schoemaker Architects
Project Team: Dik Houben, Hoda Khanbani
In collaboration with Jean-Paul Hitipeuw
Costs: € 1 million
+ About Serge Schoemaker
Born in Amsterdam in 1975 Serge Schoemaker studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland. In 2001 his graduation project Imagebuilding was awarded the Archiprix International, the international award for the best graduation projects in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.
He worked as project architect of several first prize winning competition entries at the office of Regula Harder & Jürg Spreyermann in Zürich from 2000 to 2002 and subsequently as project architect of the highly praised Kolumba Art Museum in Cologne, Germany, at the practice of the renowned Swiss architect and Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor from 2002 to 2007.
Since 2008 Serge Schoemaker has run his own architect’s office in Amsterdam and is visiting lecturer at the Delft University of Technology, the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.