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For the former Willemsoord naval shipyard in Den Helder, we designed an exhibition showcase for a 17th-century shipwreck of the Pinas type. The pavilion is situated between two buildings dating from 1825 and is entirely made of glass. It is illuminated in the dark, so the ship can be viewed from all sides day and night.

  • client(s)
  • ontwikkelings- en exploitatiemaatschappij willemsoord bv
  • location
  • Den Helder
  • user(s)
  • Willemsoord
  • expertise
  • architects

Removable roof  

The Pinas lies in a concrete foundation pit filled with gravel. The glass bearing walls without uprights are supported by bearing fins that are also made of glass. The supporting fins are attached to the foundation edge with angle bars. The glass ends at the top and bottom in a steel U profile that also functions as ring beam.

The roof consists of a light-metal space frame, filled with plastic air cushions. It can be placed and removed in its entirety: this means that other objects can be exhibited in the future as well.

fas keuzenkamp


  • client: ontwikkelings- en exploitatiemaatschappji willemsoord
  • interior design: cepezed i.s.m. nisa
  • stability: d3bn
  • building services: groep projecten
  • contractor steel construction: poly nederland
  • façades: veromco
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