July 22: Rotterdam – Kunsthal
Our remaining stop was another Museum in the Museumpark: the Kunsthal, an art museum designed by Rem Koolhaas and opened in 1992.
From NAi we proceeded along Melkkoppad (a suspiciously Finnic-looking word) in the Museumpark to get to the Kunsthal, passing by Boijmans Van Beuningen along the way.
This side of the museum looks Nordic to me as well, a rather similar combination of blankness and dense rhythm as the Åhléns City in Stockholm, or even the Stadshuset.
Major earthwork was happening on the other side of Melkkoppad. Another museum, mayhaps?
The park itself, containing artworks of its own, is also a museum of sorts.
A superimposition of duckies.
C'mon gull, don't litter like that. You know better.
No don't jump! Don't do it!
The main circulation spine of the Kunsthal is this roofed but unwalled passage between the main volumes.
The high-contrast bathroom hallway.
There was an exhibition of tent/platform structures and
I wish I could remember who their creator was, because I find them totally fascinating in retrospect — they were interesting to investigate at the time, but now they really strike a chord. If you know who this is, please let me know. UPDATE 12/16/13: Just happened upon the answer here: Dré Wapenaar! That's really exciting. Forgive me; I forgot about Dré.
These platforms have a similar feel to wide terraces of a landscape.
Sitting in here is like being a shielded microphone.
The view out of a teardrop-shaped tent suspended from a tree trunk.
A selection of striations.
A selection of shadows.
Here on the east side, channel glass diffuses the greenery of the Museumpark and the blue of the sky into an aquatic blur.
Looking back north through the main passage.
On the side of the Kunsthal facing the street (Westzeedijk) is this deep grated deck. I think it's there at least partly to cover the driveway that passes underneath the building.