The world’s first fully accessible art museum-depository opens to the public

The world’s first fully accessible art museum-depository opens to the public

MVRDV’s Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot, the world’s first fully accessible art depot, opens to the public this weekend. The official opening ceremony takes place on November 5 and the public will be able to visit from Saturday November 6. Located at the Museumpark in central Rotterdam, the reflective structure includes exhibition halls, a rooftop garden and a restaurant, and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of museums, making art collections accessible to the public.

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The depot takes on a bowl-shaped structure, clad in 1,664 mirrored panels to reflect the park, passers-by and the city’s vibrant skyline. The project’s award-winning rooftop forest rises to a height of 35 meters, with 75 tall birch trees planted on the roof to create a green forest on the roof.

© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV
© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV
© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV
© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV

In 2014, MVRDV won the competition to design Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, an architecture that allows people to observe the process of art restoration. Although the project can hold up to 151,000 works of art, the 39.5-meter circular structure has a relatively small footprint in order to leave as much of the park as possible untouched. According to the architects, this shape “ensures that at ground level, the existing views and routes through the Museumpark remain unimpeded and reduce the impact on groundwater buffers, while a large public space on the rooftop with a restaurant provides access to inspiring views of Rotterdam. “.

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© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV
© Iris van den Broeke / MVRDV
© Iris van den Broeke / MVRDV
© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV
© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV
© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV
© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV
© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV
© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV

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