Last week the first visitors’ staircase, approximately 18m long, was installed in the exciting new Depot, the innovative extension to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Weighing more than 18500kgs the steel structure was lifted via the tower crane. A total of five staircases will be lifted and placed together providing access to the building’s six floors. The stairs cross the future atrium, where visitors get access to the various Depot compartments and restoration and research rooms on the various floors. The atrium has a height of 28.5 meters and offers a spectacular view of objects from the sub-collections that are presented in generous showcases.
The installation of the 1664 mirrors on the façade of the Depot will start in June and the highest point will be reached in the summer.
The Depot, an architectural icon of MVRDV, will be delivered empty in 2020, followed by a drying period and an art relocation period. In 2021, the Depot will be filled with the 151,000 works of art from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and visitors will be able to take the first steps in the world’s first publicly accessible art depot.
Photo by and © Rob Glastra