MUSEUM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN (EXTENSION 2003)
P. ROBBRECHT, H. DAEM, 1996-2003, Museumpark 18-20, Rotterdam
Ad van der Steur
Museums and exhibition buildings
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Extension 1972)
The demolition of a villa on Westersingel enabled the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum to expand as far as Rotterdam's 'cultural axis' with a new U-shaped wing. Designed by the Belgian architects Robbrecht and Daem, it enfolds Bodon's distinctive gallery. In the museum's new configuration the library looms large as a provider of knowledge. The big windows and green transparent panels of the new portion contrast with the brickwork of the original buildings.