Depot Scheepvaart Museum
Hidden behind a long closed brick wall stands this awkward looking titanium shape. It is a pity passing pedestrians can never reach the other side of the wall. The terrain is part of the Marine Etablissement, a secured naval complex in the centre of Amsterdam, and closed for the public. All this enhances the air of secrecy around it. The building by Liesbeth van der Pol is designed to house the collection of the Netherlands Maritime Museum, next door. It has no windows and is completely encased in titanium, to protect the valuable objects inside form light and exposure to the outside elements. There is one possibility to visit this building: when you are studying or scientifically investigating a marine-related subject, and are in need of an object, map, photo or book that is part of the collection, you can make an appointment with the Scheepvaart Museum to obtain permission.