A view from far above reveals the scope of Cruz y Ortiz’s 10 years of work on the Rijksmuseum. While the main building was closed for renovation, the architects completed the Asian Pavilion, Atelier building, study building, and a temporary information center.
Seen here from above, Cruz y Ortiz’s sculptural chandelier dominates the western courtyard, which is enclosed by a glazed roof.
The ribbed, tiled vaults of the Museum Passageway beneath the Gallery of Honor were restored; arched windows overlook the renovated courtyards on either side.
Many of the original decorative elements in the Rijksmuseum had been painted over; the detailing on the walls and floors was carefully restored during the closure.
The only painting that remained continuously on view during the museum’s 10 year closure was Rembrandt van Rijn’s The Night Watch, which has been restored to its original location in a room at the southern end of the Gallery of Honor.
In many of the galleries, French firm Wilmotte & Associés introduced a neutral color palette, lighting, and a series of minimal vitrines.