How the art of exhibiting can elevate an entire space

Case Study: Royal Institute of the Tropics: The Marble Hall

KIT Royal Tropical Institute is an independent centre of expertise and education for sustainable development. Their campus in Amsterdam houses a training centre for students and professionals and is the home of SDG House: a community of sustainability experts and social entrepreneurs with a membership of 50+ organisations. KIT owns and operates Amsterdam Tropen Hotel, De Tropen café and restaurant, and offers office and conference facilities in our heritage building, the revenues of which contribute to KIT’s mission1.

One of the main and most historic spaces within the campus is the Marble Hall. In this space, AKKA was commissioned to elevate the space. After careful study of the history of the space as well as the current use of the space, AKKA proposed to frame two iconic photographs. The photographs tell a story; a story that stretches from the glorious past on the left hand of the space to the innovative present on the right hand of the space. Every detail, from the choice of photographs, their placement in the space, their size, the choice of frame, materials, colours, bevel details, as well as the type of golden finish, rustic for the past photograph and smooth for the present photograph was carefully studied and selected by AKKA to achieve the optimal effect of elevating a space through visual storytelling.


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“We would like to express our gratitude for the time you invested in helping us get to a clear picture.  Anna and I really appreciated the call we had with you, your responsiveness, and the great empathy that you exhibited throughout – we certainly felt very “well taken care of” when engaging with you.  On the practical side, we especially appreciated that there was the option to obtain robust bottom-up cost estimates for the construction itself (not every design architect offers this).”

-Private Client of AKKA



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