Dortmunder U Soda has been working on various assignments for the Dortmunder U (DE) since 2017. This former brewery houses several institutions, including the Museum Ostwall.
Soda analysed how the identity of the Dortmunder U as a whole could be strengthened: from the forecourt and the central entry hall, to the immense escalator house with the directly adjacent entrances of the institutions themselves. In addition to this advice, Soda renovated the large communal exhibition space (the 'Oberlichtsaal', measuring over 1,200 m2).
Museum OstwallAfter renovating the Museum Ostwall (located in the Dortmunder U), Soda designed the exhibition 'Body & Soul' for the Museum Ostwall. This exhibition is based on the collection of the museum and is on show for two years.Miffy MuseumIn 2016, Soda completed the transformation of the Dick Bruna House into the Miffy Museum. The Miffy Museum subsequently became such an enormous success in terms of visitor numbers that Soda is currently working on the necessary expansion (new construction) and adjustments in order to make the museum well equipped to accommodate the huge number of visitors.Municipal Museum SchiedamFor the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Soda has undertaken several projects in the last few years. With Bordewijk/De Adviseurs, Soda started an investigation into the museum's functionality and developed proposals for improving it (in collaboration with the municipality of Schiedam). Key components are sustainability, climate control, security, transport and visitor experience. In 2019, the design and implementation (construction) of the proposed measures began. The museum will reopen in 2022. Centraal Museum > redesign The Centraal Museum Utrecht was nominated in 2018 for the EMYA, the European Museum of the Year Award. The research and concept for the redesign of the Centraal Museum was carried out by Soda, the design by Soda+. Important components were the connection of the building with the city, the integration with the surroundings, the visitor routing, the multifunctional spaces, the entrance/shopping area, the catering facilities 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).Centraal Museum > squareFor the Centraal Museum, Soda developed a system whereby façade windows were made suitable for displaying video art. In addition, Soda designed a flexible pedestal for presenting artworks in the Nicolaaskerkhof, including matching seating furniture.Museum Oud AmelisweerdIn 2016 the 'EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2016' 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 their intervention. Rijksmuseum Boerhaave For the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden, Soda designed the entrance-area, the shop, the cafe and third-party spaces. The museum re-opened in December 2017.Africa MuseumSoda developed a preliminary design for the redesign of the entrance area, ticket office, cloakroom, shop, café and adjacent exhibition halls of the Afrika Museum (in Berg en Dal). Furthermore, Soda renovated some of the exhibition rooms in the oldest part of the museum. Museum ArnhemSoda designed the museum cafe (2007) and the entrance & museum shop (2008) for the Museum Arnhem