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MVRDV reveals €50m bowl-shaped art gallery

MVRDV has revealed images of its competition-winning scheme for a new mirrored art gallery space in Rotterdam

The 15,000m² bowl-shaped building will sit on the northern edge of OMA’s Museumpark, which stretches from the Architecture Institute to the recently refurbished Kunsthal

The building contains an art depot with restoration facilities, exhibition spaces, offices, and a restaurant, sculpture garden and exhibition space will be located on the building’s roof providing views out over Rotterdam.

MVRDV’s proposal will provide a new home for the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, currently located on a site below sea level and at risk of flooding.

The practice saw off competiton from Koen Van Velsen, former Herzog & de Meuron star Harry Gugger with Barcode Architects, Neutelings Riedijk and Mad with NIO back in autumn 2013. MVRDV was initially disqualified from the compeition following an ‘alleged breach of tender regulations’ but was later cleared by the Rotterdam’s Court of Justice and allowed back into the contest.

The proposal is expected to go in front of the planners before the end of the year and, if approved, is expected to complete in 2017.

MVRDV Art Depot

The architect’s view

‘The Collection Building is an art depot open to the public. A public route zigzags through the building, from the lobby on the ground floor where a café can be found up to an exhibition space, sculpture garden and restaurant on the roof.

‘On the way up the route passes along and through art depots and restoration workshops. In depots visible from the route, the exhibition can be changed on a daily basis by simply moving storage racks so each visit to the building can offer a unique experience. On three floors the route passes through exhibition spaces which will be programmed by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.’

MVRDV Art Depot

Project data

Location Rotterdam, Netherlands
Type of project art musem
Client Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, De Verre Bergen Foundation, the City of Rotterdam
Architect MVRDV  
Structural engineer Pieters Bouwtechniek
Quantity surveyor IGG Consultants 
Installations DGMR Consultants
Total cost €50 million
Specific environmental targets BREEAM Excellent

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