Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the new archive building designed by MVRDV for the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, topped out yesterday with a ceremony in Rotterdam. The event was celebrated by the Stichting Collectiegebouw consortium – which comprises the museum, the municipality of Rotterdam, and Stichting De Verre Bergen – and MVRDV’s founding-partner-in-charge of the project, Winy Maas.
The depot will host the museum’s archive of 151,000 artworks and, unlike other art storage archives, will be fully accessible to the public, who will be able to see the work that takes place behind the scenes of the museum. Alternatively, visitors will be able to visit the rooftop café, surrounded by 75 birch trees planted on the project’s roof. At a height of 39.5 metres and with a façade consisting of 1,664 panels of curved, mirrored glass, the project will reflect and celebrate the city skyline.
The topping-out ceremony was a major milestone in the construction of the world’s first fully accessible art storage facility, which this summer also saw the installation of its dramatic atrium staircases and the first panels of its trademark curved mirror façade. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020 and will open to the public in 2021, after the museum’s art collection has been relocated.
Construction of the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is being led by BAM. A live feed of the construction progress can be found at www.bambouwtdepot.nl.