Ordrupgaard Copenhagen Museum Building by Zaha Hadid

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Ordrupgaard Copenhagen, Denmark

Zaha Hadid Building Copenhagen, Denmark: Charlottenlund Architecture – design by Zaha Hadid Architects

7 Apr 2006

Ordrupgaard Museum Copenhagen

Ordrupgaard Art Museum – New Wing
Address: Vilvordevej 110, 2920 Charlottenlund, north Copenhagen
Date built: 2001-2005
Architect: Zaha Hadid (ZHA)

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Exclusive Photos of the Museum Ordupgaard building 7 April 2006 © Adrian Welch

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cafe cantilever; cafe joint; lobby; tension with ground

The Ordrupgaard Museum needed a new structure in which to display permanent and temporary collections, alongside a new café, according to Zaha Hadid Architects. This need to grow afforded us the opportunity to design a new structure that redefined the relationships between various museum components – existing buildings, the new extension – and the gardens that frame them.

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Ramp down to first gallery, on left of entry

Client: Danish Ministry of Culture
Area: 1,150 sqm

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entry with original building on right, discreet Zaha Hadid building on left

The extension at Ordrupgaard redefined the relationships between the museum buildings gardens, creating a new landscape both in itself and in unison with its surroundings. Design ensures that visitors’ experience is not fragmented or compartmentalized – building / collection / gardens – but a continuous, fluid interaction between different elements and aspects.

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Gap between old and new; entry from south; cloakroom, cafe

ZHA conceived the extension as a landscape, both in itself and in unison with its surroundings – drawing on the logic of the surrounding topography to inspire and influence the contours of the new structure. In turn, these contours define the topography of interior spaces and visitors’ progress through them.

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Top of ramp down to cafe; cafe hall of mirrors; cafe on right, original building to left

Museum Ordupgaard architect : Zaha Hadid

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The extension blurs traditional boundaries – redefining the way space is used and the placing of different program elements. The art galleries are positioned in an outer public route, from which different compartments are accessed via openings in the building’s structural shell. Visitors’ experience is not limited or compartmentalized in terms of building/collection/gardens but becomes a fluid, continuous experience.

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The extension’s concrete skin acts as a counterpoint to glazed elements, which reflect the surrounding gardens and offer glimpses to the interior. Folds within the outer membrane running to the ground, conceal access points onto public areas, while the perimeter contains circulation ramps between museum elements, offering a seamless transition from older to new galleries.

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Shortlisted architects 2001:

Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Hamburg
Bruun & Clementsen, København
Dominique Perrault Architecte, Paris
Fogh & Følner Arkitektfirma, København
Henning Larsens Tegnestue, København
MVRDV, Rotterdam
Zaha Hadid Architects, London

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