With the start of the new year, Palace Het Loo will close the doors for three years. Another Dutch palace in scaffoldings for three years.
It will get an underground extension for the many artefacts and objets d'art of the Orange-Nassaus which remain in depôt because of not enough exhibition room. The extension will be in front of the palace (like the Louvre in Paris).
Unlike the famous glass pyramid in front of the Louvre, the demand was that the 17th C view of the palace would not be changed. It will result in a "glass parterre" under water, giving the idea of a fountain, instead of the grass, This glass parterre will be the disguised glass roof of the underground extension.
The view on the bassecour now:
The view on the bassecour in 2021:
The "glass parterre" the glass rooftop disguised as a fountain:
As said the palace will keep the 17th C look. In one of the side entrances there will be an unspectacular entrance which will give access to a spectacular underground foyer and museum:
This side entrance leads to the foyer below, to the garderobes, the museum shop and the entrance to the premises:
These are the underground stairways leading to the exhibition rooms under the bassecour, the light comes the "glass parterre", the glass roof disguised as a fountain:
Yesterday in the news it was told that a gigantic load of asbestos will be removed. Behind all the splendour of the palace, there is asbestos, as back in the 1970's (the last big renovation) this was seen as fantastic fire protection material.
For an example, every centimeter behind this green silk of this fabulous gallery is in fact covered with asbestos as a fire protection:
The exhibited State Rooms will have a more logical routing, a few rooms will be added as well. For an example Prince Bernhard's salon. The father of Princess Beatrix found a room with beautiful 18th C paintings and it was updated to 1950's standards for his daily use. Only a black-and-white picture exists of this room (yesterday in the News on TV it was a surprisingly colourful dreamlike scenery, due to the enormous wallpaintings):
It is as colourful as the salon of Prince Bernhard's predecessor, Prince Hendrik, which is open for the public:
The new exposition rooms will have room for special topics. For an example, a reconstruction of the diner table for the German Emperor Wilhelm II: