Architecture firm LIAG Architects have designed an energy-saving storage building for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Working with some contradictory requests such as making a space that protects art but simultaneously has a bright and open concept, the firm managed to design a space that will do just that. The exterior of the building is quite unique, with textured walls and a large golden archway. The building is built with a system that "utilizes a material that reflects daylight, but avoids glare" -- ensuring that the facility can be large and brightly lit as required while also protecting the featured artwork.
The building is most importantly cooled and heated with strong insulation and thermal energy, making the energy-saving storage building both aesthetically and functionally innovative.