The remodelling of the former post office started in April 2020. Photographers of the Fotoclub Venlo photography club took the last pictures of the old interior before construction company Nico de Bont went to work. You can look at the pictures they took here.
Right until the construction workers’ holiday, mid-July, the men of Nico de Bont have done a lot of stripping and demolishing on all floors of the building. The past few months have been devoted to building, renovating and finishing. For example, the art window in the attic has almost reached its final shape and the steel structure of the new entrance on the Deken van Oppensingel is in place. Not to mention all the walls and installations on the inside of the building. With just a few months to go, the old post office is increasingly becoming a museum.
The transformation of the building can be seen on the pictures on our. You can see the changes made up to this point per floor with short descriptions of the future functions of the spaces. This will give you some idea of what the museum is going to look like next year! We can't wait!
This is where the museum’s depot will be. It will house all artwork (almost 14,000 pieces in total) when they are not on display in one of the halls. It will also have the interactive ‘style room’: a 3D-projection dedicated to our founders, Maarten and Reina van Bommel-van Dam.
This floor will have two entrances; one on the Keulsepoort and one on the Deken van Oppensingel. The floor itself will have the museum entrance, the museum shop, a café/restaurant, and an annex of the Bonnefanten Museum (Maastricht) Art Loan. All this is freely accessible to everyone; you don’t need a ticket. There will also be room for exhibitions on the ground floor. You will need a ticket to visit it, but you can 'secretly' peek in through the glass wall.
This will be the largest of the exhibition spaces. As you can see in the pictures, it is a nice high space with a playful effect through the pillars in the middle.There will also be an auditorium on this floor, a room where we can give lectures and where events can take place. This part is still under construction, so there is nothing to see from the inside yet.
The attic will be the proverbial cherry on top! Because it will have the art window: a large window built into the roof with a great view of the Parade (the inner city entrance street). The attic will also house an educational space where we will be able to provide workshops for students of all ages. The ‘Artist in Residence’ can be found here in future as well. It will be a place for artists to work on their art in full view of the museum visitors. And, last but not least, a roof garden designed by artist Stefan Cools on top of the roof of the new entrance.
More and more changes are also taking place on the outside. For example, the later part of the post office on the Deken van Oppensingel side has been demolished and made way for the steel structure of the new facade. Because of the scaffolding you can't see it very well yet, but a large facade has already appeared at the front of the building and the art window will also become visible on the outside at the beginning of 2021.
This is what the new museum will eventually look like:
The art window and the park-entrance façade on the Deken van Oppensingel are the two most striking features in the design of the new museum. These two elements will be visible from the steps of the railway station after completion. The iconic art window is aimed at the inner city and the rooftop terrace at the park. If you look closely, you can see that the design was inspired by the shapes of envelopes; an obvious reference to the old post office and a real eye-catcher which can be seen from far away!
The new Van Bommel van Dam will be a euregional museum for modern and contemporary (visual) art that stands in the middle of society. A cultural basic facility and a meeting place in Venlo, where visitors from all layers of the population, artists, educational institutions, and corporations can meet and inspire each other.
In short: it will be a meeting place where communication was central and will be central again in future!
- Fotoclub Venlo - Adriaan de Roode, Frans Smets, Paul van Steenkiste, Jan Pieter Lotter Homan
- Museum van Bommel van Dam
The remodelling is done by:
Client: Gemeente Venlo (Municipality of Venlo)
Advisor installations: Huisman & Van Muijen
Constructor: Alferink-van Schieveen
Advisor building physics: Peutz
Contractor: Aannemingsbedrijf Nico de Bont
Installations electronics: Unica
Installations mechanical engineering: Kemtec
and made possible thanks to:
Provincie Limburg (The Province of Limburg)
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Limburg
Forbo Flooring Systems
Bruynzeel Storage Systems
ERCO Lighting B.V.