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

MVRDV’s Depot Boijmans van Beuningen is the first fully accessible art museum in the world. It will be open to the public on Saturday. Official opening ceremonies will take place on November 5, and visitors can visit the depot from Saturday 6 November. The reflective structure is located in central Rotterdam’s Museumpark. It features an exhibition hall, a roof garden and a restaurant. This allows the public to get a glimpse into the world museums and makes art collections more accessible.

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The depot is a bowl-shaped structure with 1,664 mirrored panels. It reflects the park, passersby and the dynamic skyline of the city. The award-winning rooftop forest, which is 35 meters high, has 75 large birches that have been planted on the roof to create an urban green roof forest.

MVRDV was awarded the competition to design Depot Boijmans van Beuningen in 2014. This architecture allows you to see the art restoration process. The project can house up to 151,000 art pieces, but the 39.5-meter circular structure is compact to preserve as much park as possible. This form, according to the architects, “ensures at the ground level that existing views into and routes through Museumpark remain uninterrupted and reduces the impact of underground water buffers.” A large rooftop public space with a dining area provides inspiring views of Rotterdam.

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