The World’s First Fully Accessible Art Depot Museum is Opening to the Public

The World’s First Fully Accessible Art Depot Museum is Opening to the Public

MVRDV's Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the world’s first fully accessible art depot, is opening its doors to the public this weekend. The official opening ceremony is taking place on November 5th, and the public will be able to visit from Saturday 6th of November onwards. Located at Museumpark in the center of Rotterdam, the reflective structure features exhibition halls, a rooftop garden, and a restaurant, and offers a behind-the-scenes look 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 with1,664 mirrored panels to reflect the park, passersby, and the city's dynamic skyline. The project's award-winning rooftop forest stands at a height of 35 meters, with 75 large birches planted on the roof to create a green rooftop forest. 

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Back in 2014, MVRDV won the competition to design the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, an architecture that allows people to watch the art restoration process. Although the project can hold up to 151,000 pieces of arts, the circular 39.5-meter structure has a relatively small footprint in order to leave as much of the park intact as possible. According to the architects, this form "ensures that at the ground level, existing views into and routes through the Museumpark remain unimpeded and reduces the impact on underground water buffers, while an expansive rooftop public space with a restaurant provides access to inspiring views of Rotterdam".

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Cite: Dima Stouhi. "The World’s First Fully Accessible Art Depot Museum is Opening to the Public" 01 Nov 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/971144/the-worlds-first-fully-accessible-art-depot-museum-is-open-to-the-public> ISSN 0719-8884

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