Museum Ter Aar / Drost + van Veen architecten

© Jan de Vries

Architects: Drost + van Veen architecten & Mars Interieurarchitecten
Location: Ter Aar, The Netherlands
Principal in Charge: Gemeente Nieuwkoop
Collaborators: Marcel van der Veer, Martijn Potters, Sabrina Roodenburg
Project Area: 340 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jan de Vries

The History museum of Ter Aar presents a variety of local artifacts and tells the way of living in the past. The local character of the museum, run by volunteers, the huge passion for the collection and the beautiful location make this museum a wonderful place for history and social life.

concept scheme


The design for the museum is based on a typical Dutch ‘stolp’ farmhouse, which has a floorplan of 12×12 square meters and it suits the local character of the museum. The shape is extruded to 28×12 square meters and functional cuttings into the volume mark the entrance and exhibition space.

© Jan de Vries

The museum is manifested among the existing trees and has a strong massive silhouette, because of the skin made from grey rooftiles, the roof and walls merge into one another.


first floor plan
© Jan de Vries

The interior is functional and quiet. Walls and ceilings are made in dark stained plywood so that the focus is at the special collection. All secundairy functions such as the multifuntional room, toilets, kitchen and meeting space are combined in one volume. The wide gangways around the volumes are ideal for presenting the collection and changing exhibitions. For ships and barges is a special place where the full height of the building can be used.

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Cite: "Museum Ter Aar / Drost + van Veen architecten" 07 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Holcim Awards

    There is a really nice play off the vernacular architecture of the area. A nice, simple design.

    The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.