The Drents Museum finds its form in an attempt to place itself on the global map of important museums: housing a completely underground new collection. In placing the extension underground, the existing museum is left intact, and benefits from a new juxtaposition with the extension into its adjacent park. There, the glass surfaces fold out of the ground to form a sculptural double-height entrance lobby: a great new presence for the museum in the city of Assen.
The all-new underground museum spaces get a glass roof and ceiling, allowing for filtered daylight into the exhibition spaces. Once completely internal, now the museum turns inside out as it shows its collection in glimpses through glass shards. Large recessed courtyards pull natural light and green into the museum, thus constantly throwing the boundary between museum and garden in crisis. The new museum square becomes a cultural and social gathering space where new activities can be planned, on porous hardscaping.