The Drents Museum by Erick van Egeraat Lies Beneath the Surface

 - Oct 28, 2011
References: erickvanegeraat & dezeen
Erick van Egeraat is a Dutch architect who has created this incredible design for the Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands. His design was voted as the winner of the design contest for the museum, and it's not hard to see why.

The new Drents Museum design extends the museum underground. The exhibition space is literally burrowed into the ground around a former coach-house, describes Dezeen. A glass ceiling featuring curved stripes extends over-top the space to create overarching, high windows. The tops of these windows actually create a wavelike appearance on the ground outside, where a garden has been planted and a pathway made that leads to the city (see gallery).

As the architects point out, the reason Erick van Egeraat's Drents Museum design is so innovative is that it effectively integrates the museum with the rest of the city's "fabric."