National Gallery of Denmark - extension

 National Gallery of Denmark - extension. C.F. Møller. Photo: Torben Eskerod

Client

Danish Ministry of Culture

Address

Copenhagen, Denmark

Size

14000 m² (new building) + 5000 m² refurbishment

Year

1992-1998

Competition

1st prize in open competition. 1993

Situated in Copenhagen, The National Gallery of Denmark houses a wide collection of older as well as modern art pieces and is founded on collections amassed by Danish monarchs throughout history.

The museum found its current home in 1896 when it was moved to a monumental and historicist museum building by Danish architect Vilhelm Dahlerup. This extension of the museum from 1998 addresses the museums strong needs for further space, emerged as decades have passed.

At the very heart of the project is the connection of old and new; the extension of the museum is conceived from the vision to be neither superior nor secondary to the existing museum, but to transform it into a complete architectural work using a contemporary modernist form language.

The bright new museum wing runs parallel with the north side of the old museum where it opens the museum up to the Østre Anlæg park. The new wing draws in the light of through big sections of glass.

The building, which is strikingly different from Dahlerups, is not built directly together with the existing museum, but connected by a large, glass-roofed museum street where old meets new. On the 1st floor the old and new building are connected by gangways crossing the indoor public space of the museum street and connecting functions of both sides.

In addition to two new complete floors of showrooms, the new wing contains a new administration, storage space and a three storeys high “house within the house” with a new art museum for children.

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Team

Construction

Carl Bro

Engineering

Birch & Krogboe

Architect

C.F. Møller Architects

Landscape

Svend Kierkegaard

Awards

  • European Marble Architectural Award. 1999
  • Copenhagen Municipality Architectural Prize. 1999
  • 1st prize in open competition. 1993

Energy and sustainability

Daylight

Ventilation

Energy efficient design

Low energy windows

Energy renovation

Flexibility

Healthy building

Noise minimization

References

  • 2013 Culture and Art - Museum Design, p. 86-97
  • 2009 Passepartout 28, Museumsarkitektur
  • 2004 Arkitektur DK, #2, p. 229
  • 2004 C.F. Møller: Samfund og Menneske
  • 2001 XXI, March/April edition
  • 1999 NYT - Louis Poulsen & Co. #562, p. 2-9
  • 1999 Casabella 672, p. 28-33
  • 1999 Tom Danielsen, Klavs Hyttel og Mads Møller: Fugls Højde, p. 26-29
  • 1998 Arkitekten #30, p. 2-13
  • 1998 Statens Museum for Kunst. Arkitektur DK #8, p. 400-504
  • 1997 Arkitekten #13, A16
  • 1997 Arkitektur DK. Kunstens Rum, Efterårsudstillingen på Charlottenborg.
  • 1997 Controspazio #55, p. 25-27
  • 1996 Arkitekten #25, p. 4-5
  • 1996 Arkitektur DK #4-5, p. 252-256
  • 1993 Arkitekten #8, p. 280
  • 1993 Mads Møller: Romantik og Snusfornuft, p. 79

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