The Story of Edam Cheese

2014 - present
Edam | Netherlands
Henri Willig Group

Being the oldest wooden structure building that Allard Architecture has worked on, this project aims to lovingly return this monument building in Edam back to how it was experienced in its original 1500 state whilst also carefully inserting a new experience following the story of Edam cheese within. Following a period of poverty, the house was split into two separate shops in 1593 and has remained in this divided state until present.

Allard Architecture proposes to remove this dividing wall in order to open up the building back to as it was originally experienced in 1500, and thus to return it back to its original whole. The bricks that were part of the construction of this wall will also be repurposed, now being transferred to be the main elements for the counters that will be inserted throughout the experience. By returning the building back to as it was, a new narrative can be written.

allard architecture • The Story of Edam Cheese
Counter filled with 500-year-old bricks
allard architecture • The Story of Edam Cheese
Reusing the bricks from the 500-year-old wall to create a counter for the museum
allard architecture • The Story of Edam Cheese
Connection between the new cheese museum and the cheese shop

Project Partners

Allard Meine Jansen
Chris van Heeswijk
Piet de Reuver
Nithin Kadayil
Nico Plukkel
Leguit & Roos Aannemersbedrijf BV