Mauritshuis Building for the Future
The Mauritshuis is undertaking an expansion and extensive renovations that are expected to be completed by mid-2014. The project has occasioned an ambitious international tour that offers visitors outside The Hague the rare opportunity to enjoy a selection of the museum’s treasures. Dutch architect Hans van Heeswijk’s design entails constructing an underground passage between the Mauritshuis’s existing edifice and a vacant Art Deco structure located across the street. Known as Plein 26, this new space is accessed by means of a grand entrance foyer joining the two buildings. The complex will offer enhanced public accessibility, expanded gallery space, dedicated areas for educational programs, improved dining amenities, and enlarged staff quarters while preserving the palace’s historic structure, an integral part of the Mauritshuis experience.