MVRDV’s Boijmans Van Beuningen warehouse is finally open in Rotterdam | New
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The wait is over for the renovated Boijmans Van Beuningen depot in Rotterdam. The world’s first publicly accessible art storage repository officially opened to the public this weekend after a five-year construction period led by MVRDV.
Visitors will now be able to interact with more than 151,000 works of art hosted by the 167,000 square foot facility, which also includes a birch-lined rooftop garden and visible conservation areas giving them a behind-the-scenes view of the museum staff working through five separate air-conditioned areas.
The unique 1664 mirror paneled bowl design has made waves online and has been among the most anticipated museum projects in recent memory since its announcement in 2013. The project was initiated by the museum after repeated flooding of its old storage facility prompted officials to reimagine how they could use an upgrade to expand the relatively small amount of its collection that was on view to the public at any given time.
This feature connects Museum Boijmans with other institutions like the Broad and Whitney Museums which also give their visitors direct contact with their internal workings and professional staff, something the Dutch directors consider essential to the success of their program. public.
“A good house is vitally important. If you don’t have one, you’re already playing in the second division, ”directors Jarel Ex and Ina Klaassen said in a joint statement. “With the Depot, the astonishing collection finally gets its own architecture. Only then can you see how the operation of the art storage impacts the museum. Visitors can now see for themselves the love, care and attention to detail with which each work of art is preserved for future generations. The museum, the public and the people of Rotterdam will have a lot of fun.
Indeed, the pleasure of living comes thanks to a panoptic view reached by visitors who enter a unique entrance designed by artist John Körmeling. A series of crisscrossing staircases takes visitors up the length of the building through the visible storage and possibly the roof, where they can enjoy the surrounding views of the city and the Museumpark below. Winy Maas did a brilliant job with the design mandate to make the building as large and welcoming as possible by working in a relatively small footprint. The end product is something he says adds new life to a 172 year old institution.
“As an architect, I hope visitors will soon enjoy the interior, the forest on the roof and the experience of being in direct contact with art without the mediation of a curator.” MVRDV founder said in a statement. “Our ambition was to give the Museumpark a new dimension and to bring different target groups into contact in an innovative way, from schoolchildren to Feyenoord fans, with the Boijmans collection.
The opening ceremony was performed by the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander. The depot is open to the public between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Ticket information is available here.