Groot Bentveld is a privately owned estate near Amsterdam with a manor house dating back to 1625. The family that restored the double winged house split it into two separate residences. Now, a suitable space is required for their private collection of contemporary art, much of which are video installations, preferably as close as possible to the house so that the family, passionate about art, can continue living with their precious pieces.
The house and grounds however, are listed as national monuments, and any extension is subject to strict regulations concerning preservation. In order to interfere as little as possible with the historic setting of the listed estate, the collection will be housed in a gallery sunken into the park like a moat. Instead of water, the moat contains art, covered by a glass surface accompanied by riparian vegetation along the edges as though it were a pond. The location, on the southern side of the existing house, was chosen to preserve trees and so as not to effect the entrance composition and sequence.