Whilst designing, Soda typically looks for existing elements that can be used to link the past and the present. These may have any kind of origin: the building, its interior, the collection or the history of the location, for example. By employing these components, all kinds of strata become apparent and new stories are created. In addition, our style is typified by clear lines and a strong sense for colour, material, detail, rhythm and scale.
Netherlands' Photo MuseumSoda was invited (December 2022) to create a design regarding a new routing, entrance and various traffic areas in the Netherlands' Photo Museum in Rotterdam (location Las Palmas). This was motivated by the need to improve the visitor experience and the usage of the entrance area, including the passages to various spaces. Visitor related functions such as the cloakroom, shop, ticket office and introductory room will be included.Open Air Museum > Craft WorkshopSoda transformed the former entrance building of the Dutch Open Air Museum into a 'Crafts Workshop': a multifunctional space where visitors can learn about crafts by experimenting with them themselves. In April 2022, the Crafts Workshop was officially opened. Centraal Museum > redesign Soda successfully carried out the redesign - including research and concept - of the Centraal Museum Utrecht (design by Soda+). The Centraal Museum was nominated in 2018 for the EMYA, the European Museum of the Year Award. Important elements were the connection of the building to the city, the integration into the environment, the visitor routing, multifunctional spaces, the entrance/shopping area, the catering and the garden.Centraal Museum > hospitalityIn anticipation of the redesign, Soda designed a museum cafe (2011), a gaderobe (2010) and a temporary entrance and museum shop (2010).Afrika Museum Soda developed in 2019 for the Afrika Museum a preliminary design for the entrance area, ticket office, cloakroom, shop, café and the adjacent exhibition spaces. Furthermore, Soda renovated several exhibition rooms in the oldest part of the museum. Rijksmuseum Boerhaave For the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave (Leiden), Soda designed the entrance-area, the shop, the cafe and the rentable spaces. The museum reopened in 2017.Museum Oud AmelisweerdIn 2016 the 'EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards' in the category ‘Outstanding achievements in the conservation, enhancement and adaptation to new uses of cultural heritage’ was awarded to Museum Oud Amelisweerd. The jury praised the outstanding conservational and museological aspects of the project all through. Soda and restoration architect Krijn van den Ende (BBOR) took the monumental building itself as a starting point for all their ideas and interventions. Museum ArnhemSoda designed the museum cafe (2007) and the entrance & museum shop (2008) for the Museum Arnhem.Kilsdonk MillIn 2010 SODA+ won the competition to design a new visitor centre and a miller's house for the Kilsdonk Mill. For both buildings, a maximum relation was sought with the surrounding landscape, the history of the location and the identity of the organisation/residents. Sustainability was another important feature. This approach by Soda+ was one of the reasons why the Kilsdonk Mill Foundation won the Brabant Culture Prize.