The Wilhelminaplein (local square) located in the centre of Leeuwarden is being extended and improved by recent new developments. The Fries Museum (8.500m2), designed by Henket and partners in cooperation with Bonnema, will move from its current location to the Wilhelminaplein. The museum building has a transparent central hall that is accessible via 2 sides of the building, connecting shoppers with museum guests. From here, the museum, auditorium, museumcafe, underground garage and museum itself will be accessible. Remarkable is the gigantic roof, carried by enormous 20m high poles of wood and steel, that connects all the functions the square has to offer.
Besides the museum, three blocks with ground floor retail (3800m2) and in total 41 apartments will be developed on the Wilhelminaplein, designed by Soeters van Eldonk.
The quality of the architecture realised, and the presence of new horeca and terraces will ensure a vivid and joyful atmosphere on and around the Wilhelminaplein.