OMA / AMO Completes Flexible Permanent Exhibition Space for Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
AMO, the research and think tank wing of OMA, has completed a flexible new exhibition space for the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Named Stedelijk BASE, the bespoke display system is constructed from “very thin yet solid” free-standing steel partitions that interlock like puzzle-pieces to create an open-ended flow for viewing art from the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Led by Rem Koolhaas and Federico Martelli, AMO spent two years working closely with the curators, researchers and technical staff of the Stedelijk Museum to create an analytical matrix of the relationships between the artworks and objects in the museum collection. The architects then used this research to design the final architecture of the display system.
Located on the museum’s Lower Level Gallery, the 1,340-square-meter (14,423-square-foot) space has been organized chronologically. However, the open floor plan encourages visitors to break the order to create follow their own perceived course through the exhibition.
“In a productive collaboration with Stedelijk, Arup and Tata Steel, we have created walls like screens, thanks to the slimness of the steel structure,” commented Koolhaas. “These enable a lightness and flexibility in navigating the exhibition space, and encourage the viewer to take different paths in the space, as adventurous as circulation through any city.”