MVRDV Completes the World’s First Public Artwork Depot

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Strolling by a museum, it could really feel such as you’re taking in all the pieces the establishment’s assortment has to supply, however usually you’re barely scratching the floor. Huge arrays of artwork and artifacts are continuously tucked away in storage, removed from the general public eye. However subsequent yr, guests to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam will be capable of expertise extra of the museum’s assortment. Structure agency MVRDV has not too long ago accomplished Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the primary publicly accessible artwork depot on the planet, in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. The over-160,000-square-foot constructing will maintain 151,000 artworks, lots of which guests will be capable of entry with out a information.

“The task was to convey all artworks collectively in a single constructing, however we didn’t wish to design a constructing that will compete with the various museums it was surrounded by, and we strongly felt there shouldn’t be a bottom,” says Fokke Moerel, companion at MVRDV. “We needed it to be open to and for all, since it’s a very democratic constructing.” The construction was designed with a bowlike form, minimizing the footprint whereas making a spacious roof deck. However maybe probably the most eye-catching side of the design is the reflective exterior, which is made up of 1,664 mirrored panels. The panels mirror the constructing’s environment, permitting it to mix into the panorama of Museumpark and the town. “It is sort of a portray, reflecting the entire skyline of Rotterdam, plus the ever-changing sky, like in a life portray,” says Moerel.

Essentially the most distinctive a part of the constructing is the reflective exterior, which is made up of 1,664 mirrored panels.

Photograph: Ossip van Duivenbode

The constructing is organized in 5 completely different local weather zones, and paintings will probably be displayed based on preservation wants fairly than by interval. “A number of works will probably be positioned in one of many 13 gigantic glass show instances within the hovering atrium; others are seen whereas being preserved in one of many 4 restoration studios,” says Moerel. Guests even have the prospect to look into these studios and get a glimpse on the conservation and preservation course of. “The digitized movie and video assortment may be consulted in particular viewing cubicles, and the remainder of the gathering, which is saved within the storage rooms, will probably be made seen by glass home windows and excursions with a information and a safety guard,” says Moerel.

An aerial view of the museum exhibits the way it displays the encompassing panorama.

Photograph: Ossip van Duivenbode

Staircases crisscross by the construction’s atrium and result in the rooftop forest. The forest is populated by 75 birch timber that had been specifically bred for rooftop situations, and coniferous timber will probably be added as properly. “The rooftop forest will grow to be a public house, accessible with out a ticket to the museum,” says Moerel. “We envision it as the brand new inexperienced lounge for the town. The roof is not open but, however already it has been declared probably the most lovely roof within the Netherlands.” The rooftop can even be dwelling to a restaurant that’s likewise accessible to most of the people.

Whereas the outside has been accomplished, work on the interiors nonetheless stay. The bowlike house implies that guests will transfer up and down a sequence of uncovered stairs to go to every part, including extra visibility to the design.

Photograph: Rob Glastra

Sustainability was rigorously thought of throughout the undertaking. The constructing is power impartial because of a mix of photo voltaic panels, LED lights, insulation, and geothermal warmth trade. The basement stage incorporates a rainwater-storage system, and the collected water will probably be used for irrigation and bogs. 

Now that the constructing has been accomplished, the method of relocating the museum’s assortment will start. Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is scheduled to open within the fall of 2021.

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