Designed as a fully integrated entity, the National Military Museum in Europe, which opened December 2014, uses technology on an unprecedented scale across its expansive 20,000-metre exhibition area located in the former Soesterberg airbase in the Netherlands. Rapenburg Plaza was the systems designer.
Leading the project team was Heijmans, one of the largest construction companies in the Netherlands. Main contractor for the museum interior, Bruns was responsible for process and project management, development, engineering, production and installation of all the exhibitions. The project includes lighting, hardware, and software - animations, short movies, games, and a mobile application. Bruns subcontracted Rapenburg Plaza to work with exhibition architect Kossmann.dejong on the project.
The client wanted the audiovisual system to have a minimum lifespan of 15 years. Rapenburg Plaza brought several design considerations to life including a sophisticated technical lighting bridge installed in the high ceilings for access to equipment for maintenance as well as long distance cable runs and multiple server rooms. The lighting design by Rapenburg Plaza’s in-house lighting designer, Pelle Herfst consisted of more than 3,900 energy efficient LED lighting sources.
To control all exhibition components, Rapenburg Plaza designed, installed, and programmed a network-based show control system. This system gives complete control over the lighting and AV equipment and allows the Rapenburg Plaza programmers to manage and monitor the entire installation remotely . This system comprises Medialon show control software, Pharos show controllers, KissBox data communication interfaces, and industrial network hardware and software.