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Kaap Skil

This weekend sees the opening of the Kaap Skil, the museum of jutters en zeelui (roamers and sailors) in Oudeschild, Texel. The beautifully-designed museum features exhibitions by Kossmann.dejong.

By Cassandra Pizzey / 29-03-2012

Texel is one of the Dutch ‘Waddeneilanden’, a group of islands to the north of The Netherlands, and now boasts a museum which encompasses the 400 year-old history of Dutch seafaring. 

The building itself was designed by Mecanoo and features a series of pointed roofs, emulating the cottage-like feel of its surroundings. Facades illustrate the tradition of Texel’s sustainability as they are made of re-used wood panels, originating from hardwood dam walls from the North-Holland canal. Behind the wooden slats, glass walls allow visitors of the museum cafe a view of the famous Dutch skies.

Inside, exhibition architects Kossmann.dejong have taken care of the two main exhibition spaces, the museum cafe and shop. Main attraction at the museum is the 18 x 4 metre long model of the Reede van Texel. An impressive display leads visitors through various scenes showing animations of ships at sea. Nine curiosity rooms delve deeper into the history of the Reede.

Visitors can then move onto the first floor where they will find objects lost at sea – later recovered near the Texel coast. Numerous objects are displayed in glass cabinets, in order of archeological theme.

The ground floor houses a museum cafe and shop which cater to both visitors and residents of the island. The entire floor is adorned with paving stones to connect the different functions and create an open feel. A maritime theme continues throughout the areas and Texel’s heritage is reflected in a large map of the island made of wool which was created with the help of various Texel women.

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