Studio OMA – arch. Rem Koolhaas
Description of works
Of a total surface area of 5,400 square metres, the museum designed by Rem Koolhaas / OMA still displays many of the distinctive features of the old building, including the interesting decorative apparatus in which a large mosaic representing summer stands out, which at one time adorned the main dining hall of the restaurant.
The museum is spread across three floors. The ground floor houses the entrance hall, the bookshop, a media centre, and a cafeteria whereas the upper floors contain flexible exhibition areas, halls for educational and research activities, an auditorium and a panoramic terrace. A didactic centre and a library with 20,000 volumes are housed in a smaller building nearby.
A particular system of mobile walls provides the possibility to create impromptu exhibition halls by rotating a series of light partition elements positioned parallel to the ceiling of the galleries.