The ambition for a new Collections Building at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum arose from the need to protect important art pieces from an unsafe location below water level. Lifted 35 meters above the ground, the building offers the chance to create a destination within the city; a public art treasury. In addition to this, it functions as a monumental roof which covers an urban plaza. By adding lighting and projectors, it will turn into a true event space; a city dance floor even!
The need and ambition for a new Collections Building for the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum arose from the need to protect important art pieces from an unsafe environment. The current depot is located under the museum, below groundwater level. Extremely valuable pieces are kept under far from appropriate circumstances. It is a moist environment and with the rising ground water level, the risk of underground storage is unacceptable.
The Collections Building functions as a depot for both Boijmans van Beuningen as well as for private collectors, a radical approach in the art business. In the Collections Building, the museum can manage and preserve its collection at the highest level. It also offers the opportunity to house private collections and exhibit them at museum level. Private collectors are able to rent exhibition space in the Collections Building to display their collections according to their own particular wishes. This building offers the chance of creating a destination within the city: a public treasury.
The depot is lifted 35 meters above ground level, so it is positioned far from the danger of ground water. By lifting the volume, the existing public square is preserved and remains still to act as a city podium for all kinds of public events. The building functions as a roof which covers the city plaza. By adding lighting and projectors to the roof the plaza will turn into a true event space; a city dance floor. In the legs of the table shaped building, elevators and offices are located. The 10-meter high table top contains two levels of storage space, workshops, and other related facilities. The presentation rooms and guided tours are open to everyone, as the restaurant and sculpture garden do on top of the building.