Danger No Voltage!

The monumental centuries-old Fort Westoever in Den Helder housed a military emergency power plant dating back to the Cold War. Today the fortress has become a tourist destination, housing a brewery and restaurant. For Beleef het Avontuur DST developed the special escape rooms of Danger No Voltage!, in which the atmosphere of the Cold War takes centre stage.

 

Exciting storyline

DST developed the two rooms’ storylines, visitor flow and design. As a result, visitors find themselves participating in their own personal action movie. They become elite team members of the special marine task force Marine Unit Technical Support. The entire Dutch power grid has been blacked out by a cyber-attack. Only by starting up the ‘forgotten’ emergency power plant from the Cold War can the country be saved. Will your team complete this mission within the hour?

 

Specialists

Expotise was responsible for building the interiors. They used techniques that are novel in the escape room scene. Exactly what, you will have to find out for yourself by visiting… For its concept and design DST used the expertise of two experienced escape room visitors to achieve a refreshing final design. For lighting a specialist was hired too, to create a maximum effect.

 

Result

Visitors can play both escape rooms subsequently, or independently. Two-team visits are also possible, as both the Control Room and Engine Room have their own stories, atmospheres and solutions. This flexibility makes both individual and group visits possible. No matter how you play them, these are one-of-a-kind escape rooms you’re guaranteed not to find again anytime soon.

 

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De Zaanse Schans cheese farm

De Zaanse Schans is a must-see for its two million plus national and international visitors. This is where visitors discover what makes the Netherlands so quintessentially Dutch. Cheese plays a prominent role in these stories. For Henri Willig’s cheese farm De Catharinahoeve DST concepted, designed and realised a high-capacity permanent exhibition on cheesemaking. A high-volume visitor flow and multi-linguistic approach were vital to this project. Next to this project, DST also developed a self-guided tour for Henri Willig’s cheese farm in Katwoude.

Pre-visit experience

To help visitors understand what cheese actually is, and how it’s made, we converted the monumental barn De Haal to a pre-visit experience. This is where visitors discover all about cheese in their own time, using film, imagery, text and exhibitry. Afterwards visitors enter a tasting room where they sample the taste of cheese, guided by cheese connoisseurs.

Selfguided tour

To better get Henri Willig Cheese’s stories across to visitors, we also developed a self-guided tour for its Katwoude cheese farm, on grassland, cows and cheese – of course. This enables visitors to discover how special Henri Willig’s connection to his animals and cheese is. DST developed its concept, and made a record-time design and build possible in time for the official opening.

Result

With De Haal Henri Willig Cheese doubled the time tourists spend in his cheese farm. This translates to higher cheese sales and more brand publicity. By creating low-threshold social-media-moments, Henri Willig Cheese also enlarged its online presence in a very effective low-cost way. The self-guided tour in Katwoude provided an accessible visit to this working cheese farm with its special Jersey cows.

Van Gogh Church in Etten-Leur

Museological storytelling

The Vincent van Gogh Foundation in Etten-Leur administers the church where Vincent’s father used to preach, and where Vincent himself sat in the pews. The Foundation asked us to create an experience around Vincent’s stay in Etten-Leur as part of the Van Gogh year 2015.

Classic story

Vincent spent only a good eight months in the village of Etten. This part of his life, even though it covers only a short period, is a stunning and classic tale. This is how it goes. In 1881, Vincent arrives at his parental home in Etten, penniless and down and out. Nine months later, he moves on – as a painter. But many things happen in that period … budding artistry, hard work, falling in love, clashing characters, conflict, apotheosis.

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Stained-glass effect

All ideal ingredients if you want to captivate an audience with a good story. That is exactly what we have done in the Van Gogh Church. Using a medium to suit a church: windows. On the windows, we applied illustrations with a stained-glass effect. An audio-visual production in the form of a triptych has been set up in the front section of the church to tell Vincent’s story of Etten. Narrative information panels and old artefacts from Vincent’s time complete the exhibition.