Moesgård Museum by Henning Larsen Architects

Moesgard-Museum-by-henning-larsen-architects-01The museum is not only a striking landmark, visible from both land and sea, but will also be a world class museum experience when it opens to visitors in 2014.
Architecture, nature, culture and history will fuse together into a total experience, and the museum’s many years of exhibition experience and research will be drawn upon in a new approach to the presentation of cultural history.
The new museum is uniquely located in the hilly landscape of Skåde. With its sloping roofscape of grass, moss and flowers in bright colours the building will appear a powerful visual landmark perceptible even from the sea.
The rectangularly shaped roof plane seems to grow out of the landscape and during summer it will form an area for picnics, barbeques, lectures and traditional Midsummer Day’s bonfires.
Come winter snowfall, the sloping roof will become transformed into the city’s best toboggan run. The interior of the building is designed like a varied terraced landscape inspired by archaeological excavations gradually unearthing the layers of history and exposing lost cities.
The visitor can move through a vivid sequence of exhibitions and scientific experiments – like a traveller in time and space. With its bright courtyard gardens, terraces and small cave-like “houses-in-the-house”, the museum will invite various new and alternative kinds of exhibitions. The heart of the building is the foyer with a café and outdoor service.
Moesgard-Museum-by-henning-larsen-architects-07From the foyer, the terraced underworld opens up to the light from the roof garden and the impressive view of the Aarhus Bay. The museum is currently preparing new exhibitions and will open again to the public in October 2014.
Moesgard-Museum-by-henning-larsen-architects-08Location: Århus, Denmark 
Architects: henning larsenarchitects 
Gross floor area: 16,000 m2 
Year of construction: 2010 – 2013 
Type of assignment: First prize in invited competition 
Client: Moesgaard Museum
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