Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the municipality of Rotterdam have selected three architectural firms that will continue to work on their ideas on how to shape the ambitious renovation of the museum in the coming months. Among the selected are KAAN Architecten in association with Van Hoogevest Architecten, Mecanoo and David Chipperfield Architects with WDJ Architecten.
The European tender for architect selection was published in May 2019, after which an assessment committee of experts in the field of restoration, renovation and museum environments has unanimously chosen the aforementioned offices for the so-called dialogue phase.
The committee consists of Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade, architect André van Stigt, former Director of the Cultural Heritage Agency Cees van ‘t Veen, director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and experts from the municipality of Rotterdam.
The assignment is not to design an entirely new building, but to make a design for the renovation, restoration and sustainability of the existing building and the associated outdoor space. The selected offices will be in talks with the museum and the municipality in the coming months. The members of the committee will then jointly decide on one architect. This definitive choice is expected in January 2020.
The museum has since closed its doors to the public and preparations are being made to make the museum building asbestos-free. Mid-2020 the city council will decide on the extent to which the museum will be renovated.
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Photograph courtesy of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.