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New buildings for RCE+KAdE


The new home for the National Office of Archeology (ROB), the National Office of Listed Buildings (RDMZ) and Art on the Eem (KAdE) was constructed between the Smallepad and the main railway line in Amersfoort. The new building has been constructed near the old city centre of Amersfoort at the Smallepad close to the historical Koppelpoort and the main railway line.

The project

The project involved the main structural work, construction and fit out of the building, consisting of approximately 15 000sqm GFA above ground. Besides the office space there was also a library, an auditorium, laboratories, exhibition rooms and a museum café. There was also a 1-storey car/cycle park (3500sqm GFA) beneath the building for the employees of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage and the cultural exhibition center.

The work is characterised by the high-quality aesthetic finish. The architectural and building-services elements were fully integrated. The pipework and other services have been integrated into the bubbledeck floor construction. The work was especially complex because of the limited storey height. A noteable achievement was the facade, which managed to fuse a climate control system within a high-quality architectural finish.

Visser & Smit have subsequently undertook all the ongoing maintenance work.


In 2006 the ROB and the RDMZ were incorporated into the National Office of Archeology, Culture and Monuments. In 2009 the name was changed to National Office for Cultural Heritage (RCE), hence the project name "new construction RCE + KAdE in Amersfoort".

Facts and figures

  • Site
  • Client
    Rijksgebouwendienst (Ministry of VROM)
  • Status
  • Contract type
    Specification and Drawings
  • Management
    Stevens van Dijck
  • Architect
    Navarro Baldeweg Asociados , S.L. Madrid-Spain/ADP Architecten Amsterdam
  • Consultant engineer
    ABT Adviseurs in Bouwtechniek
  • Project categories
    (complex) Commercial construction

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