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Textile Museum


Textile Museum 

The Textile Museum in Tilburg wished to attract more visitors and also to develop further as knowledge and expertise institute in the field of textiles. cepezed was commissioned to draw up a plan for expansion and renovation.

  • client(s)
  • municipality tilburg / audax textielmuseum, tilburg
  • location
  • Tilburg
  • user(s)
  • Textielmuseum Tilburg
  • expertise
  • architects
lucas van der wee | cepezed

Lasting character  

As starting point for the renovation, we took the power of the original and the retention of all distinctive and characteristic elements. The interventions were mainly focused on the building physics, good logistics and the introduction of a number of facilities. We also incorporated some new functions in the old damask weaving mill, including a foyer and museum shop.

lucas van der wee | cepezed

Conscious style departure  

The expansion had to lend the museum a more recognizable appearance. To achieve this, cepezed did not opt for an addition in the style of the existing building.

Instead, we explicitly designed a modern construction that contrasts sharply with the original properties. The abstract, almost scale-free glass building stands at the head of the complex. The striking steel construction has been left completely visible.

rené de wit
jannes linders

Treasure chest for the archive  

Behind the weaving mill, cepezed also realized a depository for the Regional Archive, with which the Textile Museum has merged. This building component also has an abstract appearance: it is a completely closed volume that stands like a ‘treasure chest on steel portals’ above a historic exhibition building.

jannes linders
lucas van der wee | cepezed
fas keuzenkamp


  • client: gemeente tilburg
  • interior design: studio's müller van tol
  • art led screens: urban alliance public domain concepts & solutions
  • stability: abt
  • building services: sweegers en de bruijn
  • acoustics: caubergh huygen
  • main contractor: bvr bouw breda
  • contractor building services electrical: hoppenbrouwers
  • contractor building services mechanical: de bont
  • contractor steel construction: smulders staalwerken
  • façades: brs groep, polyned

awards & nominations

  • european museum of the year award | 2012
  • national steel award | 2010 | industrial and public-utility buildings
  • bna building of the year | 2009
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