Dirk Houtgraaf

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Rental spaces

Museum functions

This trend towards a more prominent role and a rethinking of its business model reflects a new look at the functions to be housed in a museum. It is thus necessary to have a detailed description of the functions which are vital and indispensable and their hierarchy in the whole context of the project.



Conference rooms



Expert centrum



Ticket office


Desposit for the collections

Desposit for the restaurant

Back office desposit & functions

Museum offices


(education rooms)


(toilets, lockers)

Meeting rooms

Much can be said about a museum and its functions and functioning, but we confine ourselves to a functional plan. On the basis of the priorities there is a possible list including spaces for meeting and socializing for each category of users, including a children’s museum for families and a space of narrative and memory for the third and fourth ages. There will be entertainment and recreation: restaurant, café, outdoor relaxation spaces, shopping and suchlike. There might be offices for co-workers and sometimes ‘fluid spaces’ for students and young people engaged in creative projects and new forms of cultural entrepreneurships. There might be residence areas for researchers, artists, or visitors selected on the basis of agreements with cultural and voluntary associations, universities, research and study centres, and spaces available for future project developments not yet foreseeable. Of course, there is a minimal need, such as an entrance, permanent exhibition and galleries for temporary exhibitions, a conference hall, laboratories for restoration, formal learning spaces as classrooms for training at different levels, an archive, staff and collection management functions and such.