News: Rem Koolhaas’; OMA has completed an comprehensive renovation and safety upgrade at the architect’;s occupation-defining Kunsthal gallery in Rotterdam, following the main robbery final yr that saw paintings by Picasso, Matisse and Monet stolen.
Twenty-2 years following finishing the exhibition venue in its residence city, OMA returned to improve the energy efficiency of the developing, rework some of the circulation routes and implement new safety measures to stop more break-ins.
“The renovation demonstrates the likelihood of updating the creating to meet modern demands, whilst retaining the authentic notion of an exhibition machine,” stated OMA partner Ellen van Loon, who led the task.
Present reception, restaurant and shop regions were integrated into the major route through the developing, which OMA says “will allow the Kunsthal to evolve with the increasing need for financial independence of cultural institutions”.
Higher-efficiency insulation resources were put in around the iconic glass facades and the roof, although other enhancements contain vitality-productive lighting, climate-regulating methods and sub-dividing partitions.
Finished in 1992, the Kunsthal was one of Rem Koolhaas’; first major projects and was celebrated for its flexible exhibition spaces. However, the architecture came beneath fire in 2012 when the theft of 7 significant paintings was blamed on the open-plan layout of the gallery’;s interiors.