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George Panagos • 2 years ago

Fabulously beautiful, outside and inside, innovative and modern, the concept of allowing stored artwork to be viewed is just wonderful.

olivier van den hoven • 2 years ago

I wrote about the Depot when the design was presented and I'll gladly write a few words again now that it's finished. I was very critical against this out-of-scale object in my beloved Museumpark

And although the building still has 'scale issues' in relation to the adjacent museum which it serves, its captivating presence does so much for its surroundings. I am not indifferent to the negative responses written below, but I would invite everyone to experience this celebration of space and light.

In my opinion, it has delivered on a promise that its manifestation could be much more than a mere instagrammability. MVRDV has achieved a spatial interaction between building and city that I have never witnessed in architecture before. Watch it from a distance and then walk up really close, see it in the morning and again at night. If you love light, space, and form, you'll love this building.

jimmyv • 2 years ago

Regarding birds, I suppose it is possible that it utilizes a UV coating that is visible to birds but not to humans. I'd like to know...

pavarreon • 2 years ago

Formalism for the sake of it, ridiculous objectual urban feature designed to flatter the vanity of uncultured clients while rembering the basic laws of gravity. That over-scaled culinary utensil deemed as a museum is just the result of a collective thinking by non- architects wishing to reach a superficial mediatic publicity. It could be a successful toy for kids once model downscale reduced, thanks to Santa Claus.

Ken Steffes • 2 years ago

My favorite European city keeps getting better with architecture that supports the arts and the people. I just hope this boat-like shaped building is not going to harm the environment. Ken.

Dean • 2 years ago

The city has evolved so much in the past 10 years alone – it's also one of my favorites, although I'm biased because I called it home for a few years. The only issue now is that the housing crisis: i.e., limited housing availability, poor rent controls, and house pricing that is through the roof. It's evolving into Amsterdam.

Zea Newland • 2 years ago

The presentation of the artworks doesn't do them justice and I suspect they are meant to serve as a mere colorful backdrop for selfies. Is this the bleak future of museums?

George Panagos • 2 years ago

An art storage facility where you can actually see the art, not a museum.

LNDCNTMPRY • 2 years ago

I have not seen the inside myself, but I am not a fan of the external shape, nor the mirrors. Indeed birds might not like it either.

About Untitled (Manhole) by Maurizio Cattelan "that was previously not exhibited in full, as the piece is designed to be partially concealed beneath a floor. Here, it's possible to see it all."

Well, the whole point of this work is that it's precisely partly conceived and not visible, very typical of Cattelan. If you just display it suspended in a glass box (see the third picture from the top, on the right side) with some sort of faux floor around it just for context, then the whole work loses its point. Not that smart a solution after all.

Schaulager in Basel is a much finer accomplishment (and the storage is open to researchers by appointment). But that is Herzog & de Meuron. MVRDV has become a bit of an architecture villain frankly.

TheTruth • 2 years ago

Art is best appreciated in calm and understated spaces where the environment is deferential to, even subordinate to the art itself. I see too much busyness and distraction in these interiors.

The art looks like it was an afterthought placed in a building designed for a different use, but re-purposed as a museum.

jimmyv • 2 years ago

This is an art collection storage building that happens to be open to the public. It is not a museum per se, so the parameters are quite different.

HeywoodFloyd • 2 years ago

I quite like the Escher mirror maze of stairs, glass and art. Except for the off the shelf glass standoffs. But the exterior is just stupid. Why does it have to be shaped like a flower pot? Why does it have to be mirror clad? It also obliterates the surrounding context in terms of it's scale, seems like some of that program could have been buried below grade.

Dean • 2 years ago

Agreed, the scale is so disproportionate.

hah • 2 years ago

I see a confused and disappointingly claustrophobic interior.

CrankyFranky • 2 years ago

Reminds me of the yellow building somewhere near the train station and the water – complicated and confusing inside. Yeah like the outside though.

Marius • 2 years ago

Innovative use of architecture as hunting weapon. Sadly, distorting funhouse mirror will make birds lough while crushing.

melon • 2 years ago

Normally I hate mirror buildings, but this one (and the 3XN's Cube in Berlin) actually work as sculptural objects. How they mitigate against birdstrikes though, I'd like to know... I hope that was factored in.

Archi • 2 years ago

It is wildly hard to maintain a clean form with all the program, support, servicing etc. Props to the building team – the rooftop is the true gem here!

Don Bronkema • 2 years ago

Some contents biliously emetic, but bldg un chef d'oeuvre.

I wonder how many birds will die due to those mirrors... it is too sad and goes the opposite way in terms of preservation of the environment.

Wil Worthington • 2 years ago

This project is a timeless fusion of architecture and art, and another reason to visit the Netherlands.

Design Junkie • 2 years ago

The layout looks and feels odd. A group of artworks in a glass rectangle. Strange.

Stefanos S. • 2 years ago

I hate mirror buildings like if I was a bird.