The Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the first art storage facility in the world that offers access to a museum’s complete collection without the mediation of a curator. The Depot has a different dynamic to that of the museum: there are no exhibitions, but the public can browse amongst 151,000 artworks, alone or with a guide, and get behind-the-scenes glimpses of conservation, restoration and provenance research.
MVRDV architects (by Winy Maas, also responsible for the Markthal design) won the architectural competition to design the Depot in 2014. Their design has a rounded bowl form covered with reflective cladding. The façade’s reflection of the surrounding Museumpark will make the building fuse with its environment.
De Public Art Depot will be build from October 2016 till the end of the summer of 2020. The official opening of the Depot is expected by the end of 2021.