24 Nov '15, 2pm
Grass pyramids hide an unexpected museum underneath
and part building, the renovated Biesbosch Museum includes a new 1,000-square-meter wing comprising exhibition space, a restaurant, offices, and a visitor center. As part of the “depoldering of the Noordwaard,” the site’s existing dykes were dismantled to allow the waterways to take over the former landscape. As a result, the land was reshaped into an islet surrounded by water and wetlands that help treat wastewater and promote habitat for native fauna and flora. These changes are a sharp contrast with the museum’s original appearance as a collection of low-lying buildings topped with terra-cotta pyramid roofs overlooking an uninspired roundabout driveway.