Queen Beatrix opens “de Westerstraat” at the National Open Air Musem

Queen Beatrix opened a new exhibit at the Open Air Museum in Arnhem this week. “The Westerstraat” is a reconstruction, or rather a ‘reassemblage’ of a group of buildings from Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, in particular the old slums in the back alleys. This is the first bit of historic Amsterdam that is represented in this park devoted to architectural and cultural history.

Todd van Hulzen Design aided Studio Louter (formerly “Museumstudio”) in creating a suitable point of view for exploring the old slums. This included creating a model of the buildings, consulting on the conceptual treatment, and designing viewing apertures and information panels. (Her Majesty obviously had some trouble from her hat.)

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