The depot’s design
MVRDV’s ambition was to design a highly inviting building where visitors feel welcome and at the same time leave the gateway to the Museumpark intact.
The choice fell on an ovoid form so that the depot is equally inviting on all sides – the building has no back.
The depot’s cinched shape is due to the relatively small footprint.
The building therefore bulges outwards as it rises and has an overhang of 10m in order to accommodate the whole programme: depots, restoration studios, hospitality, projection and presentation spaces.
The reflective building, comprising 6,609m² of glass subdivided into 1664 panels, ensures that the structure is visually integrated into its surroundings.
Depending on the weather the depot looks different every day.
The eye-catcher in MVRDV’s design is the atrium with its intersecting stairs and the rooftop ‘woodland’ at an elevation of almost 35m.
The birch trees, grasses and pines on the roof help to retain water, foster biodiversity and reduce the heat stress in the city.
The trees for this project were specially cultivated at a nursery for three years: their root systems are interlocked so that they can withstand stormy weather, even at such an exposed height.