The large Wilhelminaplein square in Leeuwarden or Zaailand, The Netherlands underwent radical changes and it was reduced with the addition of the new Fries Museum on the east side and a street front of housing and retail spaces to the north side.
The new Fries Museum began when the architect Abe Bonnema bequeathed 18 million Euros for its construction in 2001 and the building was designed by Hubert-Jan Henket with a structural elaboration carried out by Bonnema architecten in accordance with the will of the architect.
The project focuses on the history, art and culture of Friesland and its relationship with water. Located between the Zaailand shopping center and the square, there is a pedestrian route running through the building and connecting both functions.
The project includes several shops, a museum shop, an art film cinema with three auditoriums, a brasserie and a studio for Omroep Friesland, which is the regional broadcasting company.