The controversial new depot of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam is unique in the world. With its round shape and reflective surface, it is a work of art in itself. 151,000 art objects are stored safely and sustainably there, thanks to the systems of Bruynzeel. From the end of 2016, project manager Twan Janssen was involved in the design of the museum depot.
The Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is not just any building. Designed by the architects of MVRDV, the more than 35 meters high building in the Rotterdam museum park, with its special spherical shape and its all-round mirroring surface, makes you smile. “A work of art in itself”, say experts. Nevertheless, round and rectangular don’t go well together. Bruynzeel’s rectangular racks, painting racks, cabinets and other storage systems had to be given a place within the sphere with its sloping walls. And in such a way that the available space was used optimally to store 151,000 artifacts of all shapes and sizes in the available space.
Sjoerd Voss, Boijmans van Beuningen
The latest techniques have been used in the design of the various compartments within the depot to meet the variety of requirements from the different key stakeholders. This applies, for example, to the drive system of the racks with large objects. “The movement of the racks is done electronically. To prevent objects from being damaged by impact, the movement must be very gradual. We have used our electronic drive system Dynamic II for this.”