Concrete designs Renilde, the new restaurant of Depot Boijmans van Beuningen, the first publicly accessible art deposit in the world, in Rotterdam
Amsterdam-based architecture studio Concrete has designed Renilde, the restaurant that resides on the Depot Boijmans van Beuningen rooftop, the art deposit of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, one of the most important art institutions in Rotterdam.
Renilde: one restaurant, two functions
The new restaurant designed by Concrete for Depot Boijmans van Beuningen can be transformed into a large space hosting a variety of events. It stands on the rooftop of Depot Boijmans van Beuningen, the first art deposit in the world that is also open to the public. The structure is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide well-lit spaces and favor air circulation. Inside, long wooden tables and colorful chairs harmoniously decorate the spaces. The presence of wall windows also blurs the boundaries with the outside, allowing for constant visual contact with the roof garden and outdoor terrace.
Renilde is a living restaurant, able to modify its nature and, as a consequence, its functions when needed. In fact, to host some events, the restaurant’s tables can be folded and joined to the wooden panels on the ceiling and floor, creating decorative frames that allow for freedom of movement in the center.
A starred kitchen
Chef Jim de Jong, who was awarded the Gouden Pollepel – the Dutch Golden Ladle – twice, was also named ‘Young Top Chef of the Year’ in the Netherlands by the Gault&Millau restaurant guide. Seasonal vegetables, herbs, and flowers play a starring role in his kitchen, and the wines served at Renilde are all excellent and locally sourced.
Coert, a new multipurpose space for Depot Boijmans van Beuningen
For the rooftop of Depot Boijmans van Beuningen Concrete has also designed Coert, a hybrid event space that can accommodate up to 170 guests.
Characterized by a dynamic and versatile design, Coert is equipped with large side wooden pivoting doors and a central stainless-steel volume that can serve as a pantry bar and cloakroom for the guests.
Photo: wouter van der sar