In December 2020, the Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, Paleis Het Loo museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands will open a joint new national collection centre in Amersfoort. This CollectieCentrum Nederland, or CCNL, boasts 30,000 m2 in storage space to facilitate optimum management and preservation of the Dutch national collections. Besides storage, it will also be the country’s leading centre for research, exchange of expertise and the loan of important works.

Memory of the Netherlands

These four institutions’ combined holdings of more than 675,000 objects constitute a physical memory of the Netherlands. Unique in the world, this alliance will for the first time ever enable scholars to study objects from the Royal Collection side by side with ordinary household objects – and everything in between. As well as saving costs, this collaboration allows for unmatched facilities to benefit the cultural sector as a whole.

An unusual building

The building consists as it were of a head, neck and torso. Two conservation studios form the heart of the collection centre. Radiating outward are various spaces, including a photography studio, research spaces and a packing area. It’s as though the building itself is articulating: ‘This is what it’s all about’ – ‘This is where we’re keeping and taking care of the collection, ready to lend, display and provide access to important works’. The reception area for visitors is located in the ‘head’ of the building, as are the offices, while the ‘torso’ is reserved for a four-story storage facility almost 25 metres high. The CCNL is easy to reach, and all are welcome to come take a look!

Research

CC NL encourages research on the collections and promotes their mobility. Collegiate museums are welcome to contact us for loans. The Collection Centre is also accessible by appointment for Research & Education. Access can be requested from the relevant institutions.

5 stars for sustainability

CCNL is certified under the BREEAM NL system (rating: Outstanding – 5 stars). BREEAM is a sustainability assessment method used worldwide for the evaluation of new and existing buildings, locations and demolition projects. To the extent possible, CCNL will furnish its own climate. Most notably, by insulating exterior walls but not floors and using geothermal heating and cooling to keep the building at the constant temperature of 12-15 degrees Celsius that is best for collections storage. With 3,700 m2 of solar panelling on the roof, it will also generate its own energy. Rainwater will be drained separately and used for the toilets. Last but not least, the surrounding landscape has been designed to support local flora and fauna.

Fun facts

  • Floor area: 31,500 m2
  • Objects: 675,000
  • Solar panels: 3,700 m2
  • Architectural design: cepezed
  • Landscape design: Ruijzenaars Landscapes
  • Building contractor: G&S Bouw
  • Groundbreaking: May 2018
  • Opening: December 2020

Imagery

We have a lot of footage of the new CC NL. Both design drawings and the progress of the construction.