Shaded Dome new home for Dutch Liberation Museum

9.5.2019

On May 7th the new building for the Dutch Liberation Museum reached its highest point. During a precision operation on Tuesday, the roof was slowly inflated and erected in only a few hours. The museum finds its new home in a Shaded Dome, developed and supplied by Shaded Dome Technologies. The new building has a strong resemblance with a huge parachute, a recognizable emblem of Dutch liberation at the time. With a Shaded Dome as its roof, the museum will be an exceptional building and a recognizable eye-catcher in the green, hilly landscape of Groesbeek.

The Dutch Liberation Museum is located on the outskirts of Groesbeek in the area where Operation Market Garden and the Rhineland Offensive took place. With a Shaded Dome as its roof, the building acquires a distinct and recognizable shape that refers to the thousands of parachutes that filled the air in 1944 during Operation Market Garden. Moreover, the new building also evokes the memory of the former memorial dome of the museum, designed by architect Antoon Croonen. The new museum will open in September 2019 when the activities will commence to commemorate 75 years of freedom and Operation Market Garden.

Director of the museum Wiel Lenders: “With the Shaded Dome, the new Dutch Liberation Museum is an extremely efficient and sustainable building with minimal use of materials. Moreover, the operating costs are low and the materials used can be recycled."

The Shaded Dome is a patented, sustainable building in which an optimal indoor climate is created, even in extreme weather conditions. The innovative building concept consists of an inflated dome, a network of steel cables, and a cover made of hi-tech textiles that all together allow for an extremely flexible construction. At its highest point the dome reaches almost 12 meters and with a free span of 60 meters it is possible to re-organize the areas in the museum with reception, restaurant and exhibition spaces easily and against reasonable costs.

The Shaded Dome is an innovation developed by Shaded Dome Technologies, founded by ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects, Royal HaskoningDHV and Poly-Ned.

Photographs: Shaded Dome Technologies en Catchyourmoment.nl
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