With many museums and galleries holding up to 90 per cent of their collection in storage, this technique is becoming more common. In recent years, institutions ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum have adopted visible storage to display elements of their stored collections.
To create a visible storage archive for the Museum aan de Stroom, Bruynzeel installed a two-tier Double Decker mobile shelving system to make optimum use of the available space and define the restricted-access areas, reserved for staff. The collection is visible from the public space, but is protected from damage by wire and glass screens. The Bruynzeel double decker system allows the collection to remain safe and secure, while adding to the visitor experience.