On the Weteringschans, belted by monumental buildings, a plot of land has been unused for decades. In a previous lifetime this wasteland served as a park with views on the Singel canal and the Rijksmuseum, but throughout the years the park has transformed into a wasteland with an uncertain future. This triggered a group of residents to come up with a concept themselves called De Rijkskas: a plan designed to enhance the neighborhood and the quality of life for those living in this busy inner city area. Space&matter was asked by the partners of De Rijkskas to come up with a fitting strategy and design for further development.
The transparent greenhouse pavilion will showcase freshly grown historical vegetables – that are being depicted on Rijksmuseum’s Masterpieces. A public building where cultural cross-pollination between art, culture, history, engineering, urban agriculture and education is realized. A place where knowledge is exchanged and stories are told.
The ground floor accommodates an auditorium for lectures about art, urban agriculture, food and innovation. In addition, there is a space for a culture and education for children. The round windows of the Rijksmuseum are the inspiration for the design and form of the transparent Rijkskas. Important sight lines towards the Singel en Rijksmuseum are respected. Visitors that arrive by bike can store their bicycles in a large storage directly underneath De Rijkskas.