When walking through a Museum, it may seem that we can encompass the art collection that it offers us but, in most cases, we can hardly stay with a superficial idea and much of the works of art are stored and are not exposed to the public: this is what comes to solve the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, Holland, which will open the world’s first public access art repository, and with an avant-garde design signed by the MVRDV architecture studio. Its about Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, which will be located in the Museumpark from Rotterdam. The 14,800-square-meter building will house 151,000 works of art, most of which will be publicly accessible.
“The task was to gather all the works of art in one building, but we did not want to design a building that would compete with the many museums that surrounded it, and we had the firm conviction that there should not be a rear part”, says Fokke Moerel, partner of MVRDV. “We wanted it to be open to everyone, as it is a very democratic building.” The structure was designed in a bowl shape, which minimizes footprint and creates a spacious roof deck. But perhaps the most striking aspect of the design is the reflective exterior, which is made up of 1,664 mirror panels. The panels reflect the environment of the building, allowing it to blend into the landscape of Museumpark and the city. “It’s like a painting, reflecting the entire skyline of Rotterdam, the constantly changing sky, like a painting full of life,” says Moerel.
The building is organized in five different climate zones and works of art will be exhibited according to conservation needs, rather than by historical periods. “A selection of works will be placed in one of the 13 gigantic glass cases in the raised atrium; others will be visible while they are preserved in one of the four restoration studios, ”says Moerel. Visitors will also have the opportunity to take a look at these studies and the conservation and preservation process. “The collection of digitized films and videos can be consulted in special viewing booths, and the rest of the collection, in the storage rooms, can be viewed through glass windows and tours with a guide and a security guard” says Moerel.
Stairs criss-cross through the structure’s atrium and lead to the rooftop forest. The forest is populated by 75 birch trees and conifers will also be added. “The rooftop forest will become a public space, accessible without having to enter the museum,” says Moerel. “We imagine it as a new green area in the city. The roof is not open yet, but there are already comments that it is the most beautiful in the Netherlands. “The roof will also house a restaurant that will also be accessible to the general public.
Sustainability is one of the focuses of the project. The building is energy neutral thanks to a combination of solar panels, LED lights, insulation and geothermal heat exchange. The basement level has a rainwater storage system and the collected water will be used for irrigation and bathrooms.
Now that the building has been completed, the process of relocating the museum’s collection will begin. It is planned that the deposit Boijmans Van Beuningen open in fall 2021.
Via AD USA.