Architects at the University of the Netherlands have taken on the palace of King Willem-Alexander in the Netherlands and rebuilt it from the ground up.
The students’ efforts included building a large wall on the grounds of the palace, and building an outdoor courtyard and gardens for visitors to enjoy.
“We wanted to build something for the king,” said lead student Hans Knaak.
The project, called The House of the King, was presented to the Dutch King, King Wille, on Wednesday, the culmination of the students’ yearlong project.
“Our main goal is to show how modern architecture can change the lives of people,” said Knaaks’ team leader, Pieter J.J. van de Vijver, the University’s vice chancellor for architectural and urban planning.
“The house is not only about the king, it is also about the people of the world, who live in the royal palace.”
The students were inspired to create the project after the renovation of the Dutch capital’s former royal palace was announced in April 2016.
In May of that year, the Royal Palace of the Kingdom of the Netherland and Mercia was sold for nearly $1 billion to the royal family of Belgium.
“A lot of people who are architects and architects students have this image of grandiose buildings,” said student Johannes van Dijk.
“This project is about a little house in a small place that is beautiful, with beautiful landscaping and an outdoor garden,” he said.
“I wanted to be able to tell the story of this house, that’s what this project is really about.”
In February of 2017, the students completed a series of renovation projects to the palace and installed a new roof over the former royal dining room.
The team also built a new, state-of-the-art, glass-enclosed staircase from scratch.
“To be able use the existing roof and the existing stairs to create this new staircase, it was a real achievement,” said van Dijver.
“It was very hard, but we succeeded.”
After the project was finished, the team began to explore other ideas for the palace.
They had initially considered building a new wing of the building to house the queen’s private quarters.
The Queen’s Private Suite was originally planned to be the queen and the Prince of Wales’s residence, but the queen died in 2018.
After she died, the private suite was moved to the Royal Palais de Justice in Brussels.
“That was a difficult decision, but that was the most difficult because the palace is very close to the church and so it was the only place you could walk there,” said Van Dijk, adding that the new wing was also meant to be a retreat.
“And so we had to decide whether to go back to the original design of the Queen’s private suite or the original plan,” he explained.
The next step was to build a new main entrance.
“When we started looking at this design, we were shocked,” said J.C. van Hoek, one of the architects on the project.
After a year of searching, the building was completed in 2019. “
To the architects, this was the ultimate challenge: “We had to find the best way to make this beautiful, beautiful place into a beautiful, magnificent palace.
“After a year of searching, the building was completed in 2019.
The King’s Private Room was designed by Van Hoek and commissioned by the Royal Dutch Development Authority (RDDA), which is the Dutch government agency responsible for the design and construction of all of the country’s public and private buildings.
The original design was completed by the Rijksmuseum in Rotterdam in 1996.
The new design is more modern, with a glass roof, open staircases, and glass-encased corridors.
It was designed to look more like the palace itself, with glass panels lining the windows, and a more modern staircase that leads up to the main entry.
In the summer of 2019, the project completed the renovation to the exterior of the royal building, which has been open since January 2019. “
At the moment we don’t have much to show you,” said Dijk of the project, adding, “But we hope to tell our story to the world in some way.”
In the summer of 2019, the project completed the renovation to the exterior of the royal building, which has been open since January 2019.
Van Hoeks team members worked with the Royal Architectural Institute of Belgium to restore the exterior, which is currently being cleaned and reassembled.
“In the end, we decided to keep it, but it needs to be cleaned up,” he added.
“You can see the glass and the tiles, but not everything has been cleaned up.”
The King will be able tour the exterior and the gardens on the second floor of the new building.