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  7. Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark

Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark

Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark
Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

The City of Rotterdam has unveiled MVRDV’s competition winning design for a new public art depot in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. Clad in a highly reflective glass, the cylindrical BREEAM Excellent-planned “Collection Building” will store the “precious art collection of Rotterdam” as well as offer commercial interior storage for private collectors. It is designed to expose the inter workings of a museum, winding visitors up a public route, past storage rooms and restoration workshops, to a rooftop exhibition space, sculpture garden and restaurant.

© MVRDV
© MVRDV

From MVRDV: Collection Building is an art depot open to the public. A public route zigzags through the building, from the lobby on the ground floor where a café can be found up to an exhibition space, sculpture garden and restaurant on the roof. On the way up the route passes along and through art depots and restoration workshops. In depots visible from the route, the exhibition can be changed on a daily basis by simply moving storage racks so each visit to the building can offer a unique experience. On three floors the route passes through exhibition spaces which will be programmed by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. 

The building - which will store the precious art collection of Rotterdam - will also have spaces not accessible to the general public. For example logistics, quarantine and room for private art collections whose owners can visit their art and even enjoy it in private spaces comparable to the art-equivalent of a sky box. This is a new commercial service offered by the museum. Additionally depots and an office of philanthropic foundation De Verre Bergen will be located in the Collection Building.

© MVRDV
© MVRDV

The roof featuring a restaurant, sculpture garden and exhibition space offers wide views over Rotterdam and will be the new home for the Futuro, the ufo-shaped house of Finish architect Matti Suuronen.

Winy Maas says: “A public art depot is a new phenomenon to the Netherlands, normally these depots are hidden in the periphery of cities. It is a bold initiative which will raise the attention of the international museum circles. It offers space to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and will help it to strengthen its international profile.”

© MVRDV
© MVRDV

The Collection Building will be realized on the northern edge of Rotterdam's Museumpark, realized by OMA with Yves Brunier in 1994. In order to spare the park, the volume is designed as a compact round volume with a small footprint and will be clad with a reflective glass façade. This will make the building less visible and allow reflections, the public can see what is happening elsewhere in the park. Where needed the reflection will be lesser for transparency and to avoid unwanted light effects.

© MVRDV
© MVRDV

40% of the 15.000 square meters will be visible or accessible to the public. The building will feature seven different climatic conditions facilitating ideal conditions for art storage, offices and the public. The ambition is to reach sustainability classification BREEAM Excellent.

In the autumn of 2013 five architecture teams presented their designs for the Collection Building in a competition won by MVRDV. The other contenders were Koen Van Velsen, Harry Gugger with Barcode Architects, Neutelings Riedijk and Mad with NIO. MVRDV was disqualified from the competition after an alleged breach of the regulations but was vindicated in a legal procedure and declared official winner. MVRDV won the competition together with Pieters Bouwtechniek, IGG Consultants and DGMR Consultants. Expected completion is envisioned for 2017.

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  • Location

    Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries, Fokke Moerel, Sanne van der Burgh, Marta Pozo Gil, Gerard Heerink, Elien Deceuninck, Saimon Gomez Idiakez
  • Client

    City of Rotterdam, De Verre Bergen Foundation and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Structural Engineer

    Pieters Bouwtechniek
  • Cost Engineering

    IGG Consultants
  • Installations

    DGMR Consultants
  • Budget

    50 Million Euro
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2017
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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark" 10 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/484710/collection-building-mvrdv/> ISSN 0719-8884
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