Plans approved for working textile museum in Tilburg

3 June 2024
Credit: Preliminary sketch, Mecanoo/ABT
  • Preliminary sketch: Mecanoo/ABT
  • TextielMuseum
  • Willeke Machiels





Progress on former factory complex transformation

Redevelopment plans have been approved for a unique working textile museum in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The unanimous decision by the city’s council allows the project’s architects - Tenderstream member Mecanoo and ABT - to move forward with the transformation of the nationally listed former factory complex and its surrounding neighbourhood.

TextielMuseum is the only place in the world where textile design, art, fashion, industrial heritage and innovation come together. The museum’s collection consists of textile design, fashion, visual arts and industrial heritage masterpieces, together with an extensive library and archive. TextielLab is a small, ultramodern version of a textile factory that demonstrates techniques in use today, where designers, architects, artists and students carry out high-profile research and work on innovative textile projects. 

Working towards 100,000 visitors a year, TextielMuseum aims to provide space for a growing number of visitors and creators, improve the public experience, add new family offerings and upgrade exhibition spaces. The redevelopment is intended to strengthen the location’s urban fabric and the surrounding museum quarter, becoming a cultural hotspot with international allure.

Errol van de Werdt, TextielMuseum director, stated: "A renovation enables us to realise our ambitions and create a place where everyone – from young to old, and from professional maker to visitor – can discover, make, learn and meet. Moreover, we see a great opportunity to be a catalyst in the development of the museum quarter into the next vibrant district of Tilburg."

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 09.12.2021 here

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