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Zaans Museum
Soda conducted in 2023 a design study for the Zaans Museum. The rationale here was twofold: a repositioning of the museum in relation to the adjacent Zaanse Schans; and looking into the sustainability and renovation of the building. At the same time, visitor facilities were redefined. The way the surrounding landscape with its unique history are experienced were the starting points for Soda's design.

The Zaanse Schans is one of Western Europe's oldest industrial areas: inhabitants created here centuries ago on uninhabitable peatland an important living and working area. The experiencing of the surrounding landscape and the unique history of it were the starting points for Soda's design.The aim is that on arrival, visitors immediately get a strong impression of this special place. The rendering beneath provides an impression of the direction Soda envisages by doing so.

Visitors are more and more finding their way to the Zaans Museum. Opened in 1998 on the Zaanse Schans, the museum introduces visitors to the cultural history of the Zaan region. For centuries, the Zaanstreek is a hub of international trade and industry. The region's influence on the world and vice versa is still significant and thus continues to be relevant.


Design: Soda / Rendering: Berend-Jan Engbers