AN HYBRID SPACE BETWEEN CONSERVATION, EXHIBITION, RESEARCH AND LEISURE TIME
Museum- Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen
Depot Bojimans Van Beuningen is the first depository of artworks in the world that hosts a collection of 151,000 pieces, ranging from painting canvas to medieval ceramic, Renaissance glassware, photography and contemporary Dutch design. In the early 2000s the basement of the old museum was flooded by water. This event, which occurred again periodically, led to the decision of building a safe place for the collection in 2007. That stood as an opportunity to imagine a new typology of space, beyond a museum: a space more like a public library. Winy Maas gave shape to a definitely innovative model of fruition and conservation of heritage, a model that keeps together conservation and exposition, study and research, protection and enjoyment of artworks, and work and leisure spaces. From the outside, the Depot appears as an armored fortalice, covered by panels that reflect and distort the surrounding landscape. Inside, designers have created a full-height central void, a sort of panopticon that provides a complete vision of collections and workspaces.