Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen reaches highest point

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen reaches highest point

The tallest point has been reached in the construction of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. The world's first fully accessible art depot stands tall at 39.5 metres. The building, designed by MVRDV, will open its doors in 2021.

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen has reached its highest point. Bas Kurvers, Rotterdam Alderman for Building, Living and Energy Transition is pleased: "Rotterdam is the city that keeps reinventing itself. And if there is one thing we are proud of, it is the Rotterdam skyline. And that's what the depot will soon be part of."

"The highest point has been reached and that means 'topping out.' Together with all the partners and the BAM men and women who have worked extremely hard on the construction of this fantastic project, we toast to this milestone" said Hans Polderman, project director at BAM.

Inside the Depot

With the opening of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in 2021, the entire collection of 151,000 works of art of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will become accessible to visitors. As soon as they enter the new building, visitors will be presented with an awe-inspiring impression of the size of the collection and the activity in Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Fancy a tour? Or would you rather explore on your own? Visitors to the Depot will have the choice of entering the depot with or without a tour guide. All visitors can take the express elevator to a rooftop terrace with catering facilities and a panoramic, view free of charge.

During the tour, visitors pass through the high atrium display cases to educational areas, presentation rooms, the cinema and cinema cabins and the expertise centre where art objects are being restored. The visitor has a view of the various depots and technical rooms through glass vistas and can see works of art being restored from start to finish, silverware polished and masterpieces packaged for transport to exhibitions at home and abroad. Visitors who want to discover more can wander through a large part of the building on their own after buying a ticket.

Construction facts - Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen

1.    The highest point measures 39.5 metres
2.    The deepest point is 248 metres below ground level: heat and cold storage.
3.    The diameter of the building is: 40 meters (base) and 60 meters (top)
4.    The building has a ground floor plus 6 additional floors.
5.    The steel construction weighs 320,000 kg.
6.    Approx. 9,250 m3 of concrete has been used.
7.    A total of 1,664 mirror panels will be placed on the facade.
8.    The building stands on 276 foundation piles (approx. 20 metres long).
9.    From the first pile, it took 562 days to reach the highest point.
10.  450 construction workers have been involved in the construction
11.  There are 4 elevators: an express elevator to the roof terrace, a public elevator, an art elevator and a staff elevator.
12.  There are 5 atrium steps and a total of 184 steps.
13.  A number of solar panels, to be determined, will be placed on the roof of the pavilion.
14.  There will be 5 different types of climate in the depots
15.  75 multistemmed birches are placed on the roof with a crane.
16.  135 people can enjoy catering on the 6th floor
17.  Approximately 750 m3 of concrete was poured into the first ring (approx. 12 metres high).
18.  6,250 m3 of soil has been excavated.
19. The floor area covers 15,541 m2.
20.  6,609 m2 of mirror panels are mounted on an aluminium substructure.
21.  Approximately 1,500,000 kg of reinforcement steel has been used.

A museum in transition

From early 2019, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has been in transition. The museum is being renovated on a large scale. In this transition period, the museum's collection will travel through the city of Rotterdam and the world. Eight neighbouring locations in the city have entered into a unique collaboration under the name 'Boijmans bij de Buren' (Boijmans at the Neighbours). In eleven surprising exhibitions, the neighbours will keep a variety of collection items on display. Boijmans also operates abroad with travelling exhibitions. Starting in the 2019 school year, the museum will be introducing Rotterdam pupils to real museum items with 'Boijmans in the classroom'.

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is a joint project of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Municipality of Rotterdam and Stichting De Verre Bergen. For more information about Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, go to

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