Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the first art storage depot in the world that offers access to a complete collection without the intervention of a curator. As opposed to a museum, no exhibitions are held here, but the public can browse – independently or with a guide – 151,000 art objects. They can also monitor the provenance, conservation and restoration.
The MVRDV design agency (by architect Winy de Maas, also responsible for the Markthal) won the architect selection for the Depot in 2014. The building they designed has a round bowl shape covered with reflective material. The reflection of the surrounding Museum Park in the facade means the building becomes one with its surroundings.
The construction of the Collections Building by BAM Bouw en Techniek lasted from October 2016 until the summer of 2020. 2020 saw the last mirrors put on the facade of the depot, the rooftop forest planted and the layout of the entrance, atrium showcases and the restaurant completed. The depot opened in November 2021.