Ikea’s mirrored salad bar is a new attraction on the Rotterdam skyline

Due to the unfavorable influence on psychiatric patients, the local hospital opposed the erection of a gleaming construction of 13 floors.

Architects from the Dutch bureau MVRDV inspiration usually comes during the lunch break. It’s the only time of the day when everyone separates from their computer screens and gathers around a long common dining table – a bowl full of various salads – to eat and chat.

So one fateful day in 2013, during brainstorming during lunch, the dishes proved more inspiring than ever before. Eight years later, the result is before us – Ikea salad bowl Blend Blank (price in Serbia: 199 dinars), built in monumental dimensions and covered with mirrors, is a new attraction on the always exciting horizon of the city of Rotterdam.

“This is not a museum,” the depot states; photo: Ossip van Duivenbode

I thought that something round would be nicer for the eyes of our fellow citizens.

“I was looking for something round,” he told the British Guardian Vini Maas, director of MVRDV, describing the origin of the 40-meter high building of the museum depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in the Rotterdam Museum Park, for the construction of which 93 million euros were allocated.

“The interns set up great first rectangular block from styrofoam to the location model “, recalls Mas. “It simply came to our notice then. I thought he would something round in shape to be more pleasing to the eye of our fellow citizens, so I replaced it with a coffee cup. Then we wanted to reduce the footprint, so I grabbed a stainless steel bowl with a mirror effect and that was it. “

Rotterdam as a soil suitable for experiments

This is roughly what every design process in this office looks like – Maas enjoys turning the model upside down or in capturing anything which is at hand and adding that item to the project.

Rotterdam, he believes, is particularly suitable for eccentric shape formation. “It’s not a city with regular urbanism,” Maas said. In the Second World War, it was razed to the ground, and for decades since then, various unusual experiments have taken place in it – from the famous “cube houses” to the MVRDV “Psychedelic markets” Markthal, which also arose as a consequence of turning the model upside down.

The exhibits can be seen through windows in thick concrete walls; photo: Ossip van Duivenbode

Neighbors fenced themselves off with a screen

The architects say that their wish was to erect a building that “It seems to be disappearing in its environment“, But it turned out that a giant 13-story mirror has almost the opposite effect on someone – which they were afraid of from the beginning. Erasmus Hospital which is located in the neighborhood.

From this medical facility they vehemently opposed it project and were now forced to raise a screen to prevent excessive visual stimulation of children in the psychiatric ward. Mas promises a row of freshly planted trees soon help solve the problem, but it is clear that this bright “salad bar” is not an ideal neighbor for someone who wants to preserve common sense.

Most of the roof is occupied by entertainment facilities; photo: Ossip van Duivenbode

Rotko and Brueghel are not for everyone

When they get into the big bowl, with with a ticket of 20 euros in hand, visitors are free to roam its six floors, where through the windows in the thick concrete walls can be seen some of 151,000 items from the collection of the Boijmans Museum, among which are numerous canvases by old Dutch and Flemish masters.

To compensate for the loss of part of the park, the building was enriched garden on the roof. But when you reach the top, it turns out that the promised “forest” is actually just a ring of trees around the edge of the building, and that most of the roof is occupied restaurant and entertainment room.

The “main stars” of this collection are too precious to be presented to ordinary visitors.

On items from the collection there are no markings or inscriptions (“This is not a museum,” they say in the administration), but visitors can download the application and scan QR codes to learn more about any of the exhibited artifacts.

You can also wear a protective white coat and sign up for a tour one of the 14 depot depots with a guide, who will introduce you to several exhibits and explain to you the methods of their conservation. However, don’t expect to see it Gorge ili Bruegel – The “main stars” of this collection are too precious to be presented to ordinary mortals.

One of 14 depots in the depot; photo: Ossip van Duivenbode

Designing a rectangular building would be easier, but this was a lot more fun.

Because with this conceptual solution, the museum depot was forced to fits into the characteristics of the building, and not the other way around, a critical question arises – how much is it circular vessel suitable for the art storage function?

“The building is not dysfunctional,” said Boijmans’ associate Ina Klasen, “But we had a challenge. Of course, designing a rectangular building would be easier, but this was it much more fun. We wanted to do something cult. ”

When you are already there…


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