The ‘Havenmuseum’ (now part of the Maritime Museum) is unique in its kind. A visit to the museum is a walk through the history of the mechanization of the port in the 20th century, located in the historic city center of Rotterdam. The location of the museum is inextricably linked to the history of the port of the city of Rotterdam. The spatial area of the museum in the Waterstad harbors has a rich maritime and urban history. The museum is also a working museum, literally and figuratively, in terms of organization and collection. A museum where volunteers and professionals work together to preserve the maritime heritage so that the collection is functioning and continues to do so.
In order to remain an attractive public museum in the future, the museum asked us to think about this and to come up with proposals. In the presentation plan that we developed for the museum, we outline a vision of the future of the presentation of the museum, seen from the collection and focused on connections with the area.
The collection of the museum is placed within a broader historical framework of port activities, technology, cargo and the port basins itself. For this we developed a system based on tags; besides the technical characteristics also where, for what purpose and when an object was used. In this way every object is literally visualized in a tags map. In an interactive presentation this information and the relationship with other objects can be made visible. With this information system, the historical connection with the Waterstad harbors becomes visible again.
On discovery through the area, you can be guided by a mobile app and information beacons with historical photos and a QR link for more information. The museum pavilions – both the interior and the exterior – and the public space of the museum are being attuned considerably to create a recognizable, visual appearance. A floating office pavilion completes the redesign of the museum space.
client: Havenmuseum in Rotterdam (now part of the Maritime Museum)
year: 2010 – 2011