Herning Center of the Arts, Jylland, Denmark Museum, Design, Building, News, Photos
Herning Center of the Arts Denmark : Architecture
HEART : Danish Architecture in Jutland by Steven Holl Architects
23 Jul 2010
Herning Center of the Arts : Award
Herning Center of the Arts Building Award
Design: Steven Holl Architects
The awards, administered annually by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies honor “new and cutting-edge design” and aim to promote “excellence in architecture and urbanism from a global point-of-view.” Steven Holl Architects also won an award for the Knut Hamsun Centre, Norway.
Herning Museum of Contemporary Art
Photos by Steven Holl Architects released 20 Oct 2009:
Photographs © Steen Gyldendal
Photographs © Thomas Moelvig
HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning, Jutland, Denmark
Designed by Steven Holl Architects
Opened 9 Sep 2009
New York City, June 29, 2009—The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Steven Holl Architects, will open to the public on September 9, 2009 uniting three distinct cultural institutions: the Herning Center of the Arts, the MidWest Ensemble and the Socle du Monde. The new center is intended to be an innovative forum combining visual art and music, providing a driving cultural force for the region of central Jutland, Denmark.
A fusion of landscape and architecture, the landscape of grass mounds and reflecting pools aligns with a geometry of curved roof sections in a new building that houses permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a 150-seat auditorium, music rehearsal rooms, a restaurant, a media library, and administrative offices all on one level.
Herning’s longstanding relationship with textiles and the textile industry, as well as the museum’s large collection of original works by Piero Manzoni (in total 46 works) forms the inspiration for the building’s design concept. The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art is sited near Herning’s original Angli shirt factory, and the shirt collar-shaped plan of its 1960s building has inspired the shape of the new museum building. Viewed from above, HEART’s roof geometry resembles a collection of shirt sleeves laid over the gallery spaces. The loose edges of the plan offer spaces for the café, auditorium, lobby, and offices. The exhibition spaces can be easily closed, while all peripheral spaces remain open for after-hours use.
The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art galleries are orthogonal in plan and finely proportioned for art, while overhead curved roof sections transport natural light into the spaces.
The galleries’ perimeter walls are load bearing elements, emphasizing these as “treasure boxes” in the museum, while internal gallery walls of lightweight construction are movable. Floors of integral color charcoal concrete unify the ground plane into a continuous patina with a wax finish.
Fabric tarps were inserted into the formwork to yield a fabric texture to the building’s exterior walls of white concrete.
The landscape surrounding Herning Museum of Contemporary Art is partially shaped in the reverse-curve of the geometry of the museum’s roof. In transforming the flat field around the site, a new 40,000sf bermed landscape of grass mounds and pools conceals parking and service areas, while drawing the focus onto reflecting pools positioned in the south sun.
The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art will open with a new installation of the works of Italian artist Jannis Kounellis and will display its large permanent collection of Arte Povera works.
Herning Center of the Arts Building info from Steven Holl Architects 2009
Herning Center of the Arts : Further Information
Architecture in Denmark
Danish Architecture Designs – chronological list
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art also by Steven Holl Architects
Herning Center of the Arts design : Steven Holl Architects
Danish Arts Building : Willlumsens Museum
Danish Architecture – Selection:
Utzon Center, Aalborg, Jylland
Kim Utzon Architects
photo : Torben Eskerod Denmark
Aarhus Concert Hall
Arkitektfirmaet C. F. Møller
picture from the architect
Copenhagen Opera House
Interior image © Speirs Major Associates
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