Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the world’s first fully accessible art depot, is located at Museumpark in the centre of Rotterdam.

Project Name: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Year: 2021
Client: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, De Verre Bergen Foundation, Municipality of Rotterdam
Size and Programme: 15,000m2 – accessible storage facility for art and design, restaurant, public space


Architect: MVRDV
Principal in charge: Winy Maas
Partner: Fokke Moerel
Project Team: Jacob van Rijs, Sanne van der Burgh, Arjen Ketting, Fedor Bron, Gerard Heerink, Elien Deceuninck, Jason Slabbynck, Rico van de Gevel, Marjolein Marijnissen, Remco de Haan
Competition Team: Sanne van der Burgh, Marta Pozo, Gerard Heerink, Elien Deceuninck, Saimon Gomez Idiakez, Jose Ignacio Velasco Martin, Jason Slabbynck, Mariya Gyaurova, Lukasz Brzozowski
Strategy & Development: Jan Knikker, Irene Start
Visualization: Antonio Luca Coco, Matteo Artico, Carlo Cattó
Copyright: MVRDV 2021 – (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries, Frans de Witte, Fokke Moerel, Wenchian Shi, Jan Knikker)


Contractor: BAM Bouw en Techniek Structure: IMd Raadgevend Ingenieurs
Cost engineering: BBN
Installations: RHDHV Façade consultants: ABT Building physics: Peutz
Landscape architect: MTD Landschap architecten
Restaurant designer: Concrete
Art collaborations: John Körmeling (lobby), Marieke van Diemen (atrium), Pipilotti Rist (exterior light show)
Photographs: © Ossip van Duivenbode, © Aad Hoogendoorn, © Iris van den Broeke

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen By Winy Maas MVRDV - Sheet4
© Ossip van Duivenbode, © Aad Hoogendoorn, © Iris van den Broeke

The assignment was to offer a glimpse behind the scenes of the museum world and make the whole art collection accessible to the public.

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen By Winy Maas MVRDV - Sheet8
© Ossip van Duivenbode, © Aad Hoogendoorn, © Iris van den Broeke

The reflective round volume responds to its surroundings. The Depot features exhibition halls, a rooftop garden, and a restaurant, in addition to an enormous amount of storage space for art and design.


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