MVRDV’s Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is without doubt one of the eclectic agency’s most putting initiatives thus far. Resembling an outsized mirrored mixing bowl, the constructing is described by the agency because the world’s first publicly accessible artwork depot and presents guests a glimpse into the secretive world of artwork preservation and restoration.
Situated in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen took place as a result of the nation’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is present process a renovation by Mecanoo and will likely be closed till 2028. With this depot now accomplished, the museum’s complete assortment of 63,000 work, images, movies, design objects, modern artwork installations and sculptures, in addition to 88,000 prints and drawings, will likely be protected and on show. As guests journey via the constructing they’ll view the artwork and even see consultants busily going about their work restoring, repackaging and transporting it.
“The Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the primary publicly accessible artwork storage facility on the planet,” says MVRDV. “The temporary was to design a constructing that will be as inviting as potential, the place all completely different goal teams would really feel welcome. It was emphatically to not change into a second museum, the place solely a small share of the gathering may be exhibited, however an engine room that reveals the world behind the storage and upkeep of a stunning variety of artwork and design works. Visiting the depot presents a totally new expertise: the artwork is organized in line with dimension and local weather necessities, not artwork historical past intervals. Previous and modern works are juxtaposed, inviting new connections to be made.
“The depot owes its form to the will to provide the constructing a comparatively small footprint. Because of this, the constructing takes up much less house within the park, however curves upwards with a ten m [32 ft] overhang to accommodate the whole program – storage areas, restoration studios, catering services, and movie and presentation rooms.”
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen reaches a peak of 35 m (115 ft) and is outlined by an attention-grabbing facade comprising 6,609 sq m (roughly 71,000 sq ft) of mirrored glass, which is split into 1,664 panels. The inside measures 15,541 sq m (167,000 sq ft) and is organized round a big atrium with criss-crossing staircases and glazing providing glimpses on the artwork inside.
The constructing is topped by a small public park space (this may be reached individually with out paying for a ticket to the depot) consisting of 75 birch bushes, 20 pines, and numerous species of grass. Clearly wind is a matter at that peak, so MVRDV put in a windbreak and a cross-shaped restaurant to scale back wind hundreds, and says this will likely be enough to make sure the bushes face up to extreme climate.
Moreover, the depot has some sustainability options, together with photo voltaic panels on the roof to scale back its grid-based electrical energy utilization, an environment friendly geothermal warmth exchanger-based heating system, and a rainwater assortment system that irrigates the rooftop park and offers water to flush the bogs.
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen has been within the works for a very long time. It was first commissioned in 2013 and commenced building in 2017. It now lastly opens to the general public on November 6, although in depth landscaping of the encircling space remains to be ongoing and, as soon as this finishes in 2022, will add occasions areas, ponds, and a whole bunch of recent bushes.