Depository Boijmans Van Beuningen

The Netherlands

This is the first depository in the world that will open up a museum’s entire collection to the public without the mediation of a curator. Standing almost 40 metres tall, the building was designed by leading Rotterdam architects MVRDV, also known for their work on the Markthal open market and residential building. The dynamics of a depository is quite different from that of a museum: instead of following the design of a curated exhibition, visitors can freely (or if they like with the help of a guide) browse through the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen’s collection of 70,000 objects of art.

The public route meanders through the building, from the lobby to the sculpture garden to the roof terrace. The plan for the depository includes four professional conservation studios, two film cabins, an educational space, and a movie theatre. A 1,900m2 section of the building will be rented out tot private collectors.