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Studio Mendini, Milan

The Groninger Museum, Groningen, 1994

Nederlandse Gasunie (Dutch Gas) decided to celebrate its 25th anniversary by sponsoring a striking monument that would boost the attractiveness of the city of Groningen and the surrounding region. The Groninger Museum urgently needed new accommodation at the time so a generous donation by Nederlandse Gasunie was extremely well timed. The aim was to build a surprising, festive museum which would be a significant contribution to contemporary architecture. It was to be highly visible and easily accessible. The city opted for a location in the Zwaaikom (the historic city’s central harbour) between the railway station and the stately 19th century avenues outside the older centre.

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