Kaap Skil, the Maritime and Beachcombers Museum in Oudeschild, on the coast of the Dutch island of Texel, was opened in 2012. The building, designed by Mecanoo Architects, was recently shortlisted for the 2013 World Architecture Festival Awards. Kaap Skil, which features a light-coloured Bolidt floor, has already won the 2012 Daylight Award as well as an Architzer A+ Award.
Kaap Skil comprises four pitched gables that mimic the surrounding roof tops, but from the sea look like waves rising up from behind the dyke. Following the local tradition of beachcombing and reusing found objects, the glass facades and roof are clad with evenly spaced slats made from recycled hardwood sheet piles. Inside, the filtered daylight creates a soft, subtle pattern of shadows, providing a peaceful environment for visitors to enjoy the collection.
The exhibition space in the basement, which houses an 18-metre-long model of the 17th century Roadstead of Texel, was fitted with a Bolidtop® 525 flooring system. Mecanoo Architects has found a reliable partner in Bolidt through earlier projects, such as the Amphion theatre in Doetinchem and the Fontys Sports College in Eindhoven. The latter was nominated for the World Architecture Awards. Based on this experience, Mecanoo advised to install Bolidt flooring in Kaap Skil.
The museum readily accepted their advice and decided on a light colour that does not yellow when exposed to daylight, so that all the attention will be on the exhibits.
The Bolidtop® 525 flooring range is ideally suited to a museum like Kaap Skil. In addition to this flooring range Bolidt has specially developed the Bolidtop® Design range for the cultural sector. This range consists of four different flooring systems with exceptional aesthetic properties. Installing the lightcoloured Bolidtop® 525 system has, on the one hand, provided the museum with the desired attractive, high-quality effect. On the other, it offers the additional advantages of low maintenance, wear resistance and durability, allowing the museum to concentrate its efforts and resources on maintaining the collection itself.
The island of Texel is situated in the Waddenzee and is the largest of the Dutch Wadden Islands. Every year a million or so tourists visit the island, which is only accessible by plane, boat or ferry.
Few however will be familiar with the glorious history of Texel and its links with the Dutch East India Company. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the Company’s fleet used the anchorage of Texel as its departure point for expeditions to the Far East.
The ships waited there for a favourable wind before weighing anchor and sailing off to the ‘Orient’. While they waited, maintenance work and small repairs were carried out, victuals and water were brought on board and family could see their loved ones one last time. Many painters visited the ‘Reede van Texel’ (the offshore anchorage of Texel) to depict on canvas the fleet of the Dutch Republic.
In the new entrance building of the maritime and beachcombers museum, Kaap Skil, in the hamlet of Oudeschild, the public is taken back in time to the Dutch Golden Age. The showpiece of the museum is an eighteen-metre long, four-metre deep model of the Reede van Texel, displaying in great detail the impressive spectacle of the dozens of ships anchored off the coast of the Wadden Island.
1,200 m2 museum entrance building with exhibition spaces, public areas and offices.