CLIENT Hope College
LOCATION United States
The Kruizenga Art Museum (KAM) at Hope College represents a significant addition to the college campus, providing a first-class educational and cultural space for both the school and the surrounding community of Holland, Michigan in the USA. Located along a main campus pedestrian pathway, the striking 1,440 m² (15,500 ft²) pavilion-style museum accommodates flexible, open plan layouts and intimate, personalized spaces for the exhibition of the college’s permanent collection containing more than 1,000 works of art from all around the world.
The Kruizenga Art Museum opened in September 2015, provides two main exhibition spaces for the college’s extensive permanent collection and visiting exhibitions. The KAM provides additional support for curation of the collections, as well as space and resources to view and study works from the world, spanning centuries. The museum was developed with an emphasis on engaging faculty and students from many academic disciplines in the study and interpretation of art.
The design of the building was a collaborative effort with our head architect and director of C Concept Design an alumnus of Hope college ’84 between Matthew VanderBorgh and the lead donors alumni Richard ’52 and Margaret Feldmann ’52 Kruizenga, it was designed to stand out from the other Hope campus buildings style. The distinctive ‘S’ shape, was inspired by the shape of a traditional artist’s paint palette. The facade of the building features a glass front with black granite panels sweeping around the sides in a dramatic sawtooth pattern. The interior of the building features polished concrete floors, segmented walls and open ceilings that complement its modernist exterior and provide a visually dynamic space for displaying the art.