steven holl architects: herning museum, denmark opens
sep 10, 2009
steven holl architects: herning museum, denmark opens

herning museum of contemporary art, new york by steven holl architects

the herning museum of contemporary art in denmark designed by steven holl architects
opened to the public yesterday, 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.

fabric tarps were inserted into the formwork to yield a fabric texture to the building’s exterior walls of white concrete

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 basis for the building’s
design concept. the museum 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.

herning museum of contemporary art – curved roof sections

herning museum of contemporary art – interior

the surrounding landscape 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 40,000sqm
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 galleries are orthogonal in plan and finely proportioned for art,
while overhead curved roof sections transport natural light into the

herning museum of contemporary art – site plan

herning museum of contemporary art – floor plan

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