construction timeline

13 October 2021
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Palace reopens in 2022!

The palace will open its doors to the public again this April 15, 2022.

Paleis open in 2022

21 September 2021
bordes

Rebuilding landing stairs

The stairs at the front of Paleis Het Loo has been rebuild. Centuries-old bricks from the palace and a modern-day buildingmaterial such as cement show old and new merge. The cross vaults under the stairs are formed by using molds. The connection between the underground extension and the palace is now ‘set in stone’.

Bordestrap

26 July 2021
stoffering kamer

Replacing wall coverings

The centuries-old walls of Paleis Het Loo will be covered with beautiful fabrics and wallpapers. Company Oostendorp specialises in this craft and works within the palace with utmost care and diligence.

 

23 July 2021
paleis interieur vernieuwing

Corps de Logis under management again

A milestone in the Renewal & Renovation proces! The Corps de Logis of the palace (the middle part) has been ‘handed over’ to Paleis Het Loo by contractor Koninklijke Woudenberg. After 3.5 years of renovation and restoration, the entire palace is ready to be furnished.

15 July 2021
schuren van vloeren in paleis

Floor restauration

The floor in the Marot library is carefully being sanded. The old high-gloss lacquer is removed after which the 17th-century character of the floor reappears.

 

12 July 2021
lege vertrekken_Paleis Het Loo(2)

Relocation of collection

The first collection items have returned to the palace. The rooms are still empty, thus plenty of space for the collection items to be properly housed. Everything, from placement to moving around within a 17th century palace, is carefully thought through to refrain from making even a scratch.

 

5 July 2021
lege vertrekken_Paleis Het Loo(6) -LR

A serene spot in the palace

While many rooms are being prepared for the return of the collection, peace seems to have returned to the chapel.

The 17th-century palace has been closed since 2018 due to the major asbestos remediation, resulting from the Government Buildings Agency Asbestos Policy Regulation. For Paleis Het Loo, the Renewal & Renovation is a good time – now that the palace is dismantled – to take a detailed look at the state of the palace and the collection.

21 June 2021
Collectiestukken en wanddetails (8) klein

Colorful interior

The seventeenth century has been a significant period for the Netherlands, both architecturally and economically. This is  reflected in the interior and the use of color in the palace.
Pigments are mixed; this created many new tones and saturations. The first elements return to the palace. It must have looked like this in the days of its former inhabitants, from colorful wall hangings and detailed paper wallpapers to multicolored carpets.

 

21 May 2021
Glas op Bassecour van Paleis Het Loo

Glass parterres on the Bassecour

The Underground Expansion is almost completely closed. The glass parterres on the Bassecour provide natural light in the Grand Foyer below. In the exhibition rooms light will be staged to display the collection, all the while protecting the pieces against the harsh light from outside.
Glas plaatsen op de Bassecour - Paleis Het LooGrand Foyer - Vernieuwing & Verbouwing 2021

12 April 2021
Bibliotheek van Paleis Het Loo

The Library

In the palace, the library regains the original shape and layout. The wooden cabinets and floors have been fitted back into place with preciscion and craftsmanship. When reopened, the bookcases will be full of books again.

17 March 2021

Replanting beech trees

19 February 2021

Cut trees as parquet floor

The wood of the felled historic oaks is given a second life in the palace. Woodworker Maarten Kien explains how the timber is processed into parquet flooring: ‘each individual tree has a memory, its own diary… the further you saw into its grains, the further you flip through its diary.’ The wooden floor will be placed in the Ballroom, in the west wing of the palace.

8 February 2021
Wandpanelen

Wall panelling installed

Since all the required wiring and piping (for the safety and preservation of the palace and the Paleis Het Loo collection) has been installed, specialist construction companies are reinstalling the original wooden wall panels and floorboards.

 

2 November 2020

Removal crane

The crane has been disassembled and removed. The remaining hole in the renewed Bassecour has been closed with a concrete slab.

12 October 2020

Removal of elevator and stairs

As the Bassecour is almost restored and the elevator shaft has been installed in the palace, it was time to remove the elevator and stairs. Previously, visitors could still access the palace roof via the temporary construction lift and stairs. In the coming season; the palace roof is no longer accessible.

1 September 2020

Timelapse August

20 June 2020

Tour of the construction site

In this video you will be guided by the project leaders, contractors, specialists and craftsmen who work on the palace renovation day after day.

20 April 2020

17th century glass found

Another special discovery has been made in the palace. Chief curator Johan de Haan shows the shards of 17th-century glassware.

3 April 2020
Dak van de ondergrondse uitbreiding

The roof is almost finished

The roof of the underground expansion under the Bassecour is almost done!Het dak van de ondergrondse uitbreiding

20 February 2020
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The palace is free of asbestos

A year before Dutch National Heritage buildings should be free of asbestos, Paleis Het Loo can proudly say the largest asbestos removal of the Netherlands has successfully been completed. For the removal of a total area of more than 4,500 m2 of asbestos, the historical interiors have been partly, some totally, disassembled by experts and temporarily housed in climate-controlled depots. Meanwhile, the restoration of the interiors has started and in the course of 2020 the re-assembly of the rooms and quarters will start, for the palace rooms, corridors and halls to gradually regain their charm.

3 February 2020

Timelapse April – January

1 January 2020

Two years in one minute!

The renewal and renovation started in 2018. A lot of work has been done in the past two years!

16 October 2019

Discovery in cabinet William 4

Head curator Johan de Haan explains how the interior of the palace can be seen as a kit. And who is that ‘A.B.’ on the back of the chimney paneling?

8 July 2019

Discoveries in the Audience Hall

15 June 2019

We have reached the ‘lowest point’

12 April 2019

Timelapse – Underwater concrete

The underwater concrete was poured last month. Watch the timelapse.

1 March 2019

Underwater concrete

The concrete floor of the underground expansion has been poured under water! Project manager Jorden explains the process in this video.

7 January 2019

One year in renovation

28 December 2018

Asbestos removal

19 November 2018

Temporary foundation

An exciting part of the Renovation and Expansion: the temporary foundation of the palace!

10 October 2018

Layer of sand removal

The dry, upper layer of sand is being removed. After this, the real digging can begin!

1 October 2018

Timelapse – Preparations

This timelapse contains footage of the preparations being made in September 2018.

22 August 2018
Ondergrondse uitbreiding

Contours of the underground expansion

The underground walls are ready and the countours of the new expansion are visible. The last few anchors are being placed and then we can start digging!

Picture of the anchor construction

13 June 2018

The beginning

Project manager Jorden Hagenbeek fills you in on everything that has been done and what is to come in the future regarding the renovation and expansion.

5 June 2018

Timelapse – preparation digging

The fourth timelapse of the Renewal & Renovation of Paleis Het Loo is recorded in April and May of 2018. It shows the underground concrete walls being completed. To be able to start digging the walls are first anchored.

4 April 2018

The empty palace

29 March 2018

Timelapse – removal of the gate

The second timelapse of the renewal and renovation of Paleis Het Loo. Recorded in February and March 2018.
15 March 2018
Removal of the last object_Paleis Het Loo

Removal of the last object

Three months after Director Michel van Maarseveen symbolically locked the front door, Paleis Het Loo is empty. On 15 March the last object, a 19th century rug from King Willem II, was carefully packed. Having completed the removal  of more than 160,000 objects a new phase begins; the renovation!

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12 March 2018
Archaeological finds on the Bassecour_Paleis Het Loo

Archaeological finds on the Bassecour

A Roman coin, the foundations of a 17th century fountain and pottery of four thousand years old. The ground beneath the Bassecour is full of archaeological finds. In the following weeks, archaeologists will trying to dig and capture traces of earlier habitation.

15 February 2018

Timelapse Bassecour

29 January 2018
Bassecour Paleis Het Loo verbouwing

Clearing the Bassecour

The clearing of the Bassecour has started with the removal of the grass. Also the boulders have been removed, with a total of 25 cubic metres. And a start has been made with disassembling the Dolphins fountain.Dolfijnensprong Bassecour Paleis Het Loo

8 January 2018
Uithuizing_collectie Paleis Het Loo_IMG_4941 – kopie

Removal of objects

The removal of the 170,000 objects of the palace has begun! The objects will be stored in a temporary depot. By Easter, the palace will be empty!

7 January 2018
Hekken Paleis Het Loo sluiten voor grootscheepse verbouwing

The door is locked

Director Michel van Maarseveen closes the gates to the palace. Let the Renewal & Renovation begin!

 

Photo: ANP – L. van Lieshout

7 March 2017

The palace in 2022

On 7 March 2017 the final design was presented. A number of residential rooms in the palace will also be arranged differently. From 2022, visitors will enter the palace by the Grand Staircase, just as the former royal residents did. Several rooms in the servants quarters will be furnished and opened for the first time.

 

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