maritime museum in Netherlands
The museum in Oudeschild stands out with its four playfully linked gabled roofs which are a play on the rhythm of the surrounding roof tops. The wooden façade of Kaap Skil is a good example of the time-hallowed tradition of recycling. For hundreds of years the people of Texel have made grateful use of driftwood from stranded ships or wrecks to build their houses and barns. The vertical wooden boards of KAAP SKIL’s facade are made of sawn hardwood sheet-piling from the North Holland Canal and have been given a new life just like the objects in the museum collection. From within, the glass facade in front of the wooden boards allows an inviting view of the outdoor museum terrain and of the famous North Holland skies to visitors of the museum café. Inside the building the boards cast a linear pattern of daylight and shadow creating an atmosphere infused with light and shelter.
In the basement, visitors are drawn around the Reede van Texel by projections and animations, creating an intimate space that harbours a sense of mystery. On the first floor the North Holland sky floods the objects on display with light. The movable showcases of robust steel frames and glass create a transparent effect so that the objects in the collection seem to float within the space. The interior of the museum and the two exhibitions are designed by Kossmann.dejong from Amsterdam.