Innovative and of exceptional high level. These were the words used by the jury to describe the way in which the light plays in Museum Voorlinden. The jury itself could not think of a better way to show art. For this reason, Museum Voorlinden was nominated winner of the Dutch Daylight Award 2018 in the category >1000 m2.
Contrarily to the common northern light used in museums, Kraaijvanger Architects has succeeded in capturing reflected Southern light, which is then filtered through a velum.
The winners of the biennial Dutch Daylight Award were announced by the foundation Dutch Daylight during a meeting in the Dutch Supreme Court on Thursday October 4th.
From the report of the jury:
The roof of the Museum Voorlinden is of high technical quality and is able to filter the daylight until the maximum amount of 200 lux. The top layer consists of aluminum sandwich panels, equipped with 115.000 diagonally cut tubes, that ensure that maximum 20% of the daylight passes through. The light never passes through directly, as it always first reflected. The ‘lively’ southern light is reflected in the middle of the day. While the northern light is very steady in terms of color and intensity during the day, the southern light changes more, making it more lively. Furthermore, with reflected southern light, you can better experience the effect of clouds, said the architect Dirk Jan Postel during the visit of the jury at the Museum.
The client, a wealthy citizen, was initially reluctant to build a daylight museum. Instead, Postel dreamed about it and decided to take his client on a trip through the United States of America to visit several daylight museums. This convinced the client.
In the Museum Voorlinden, a glass roof was placed under the perforated aluminum roof, with a velum underneath that filters the daylight. In the roof frames an invisible LED lighting system was placed, whose light shine upwards and comes back through the aluminum roof. This is a crucial element, emphasizes Postel, because in this way there is an imperceptible shift between daylight and artificial light, when it is necessary. Daylight and artificial light form a whole together.
In addition, the award in the category under one thousand square meters was won by the House with Bed & Breakfast, designed by the Vakwerk Architecten.
All video-impressions of the projects that were nominated for the Daylight Award are to be found on the You Tube channel of the foundation Dutch Daylight.
The jury of the Dutch Daylight Award 2018 consisted of Atto Harsta (Aldus Bouwinnovatie, chairman), Paul van Bergen (DGMR), Sylvia Pont (Delft University of Technology), Vincent Panhuysen (KAAN Architects), Tim de Graag (Reitsema & Partners), Michiel van Raaij (Architectenweb) and Jan Wurth (Lamilux).