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Denmark | Snøhetta extension project for the Ordrupgaard museum

By RICCARDO BIANCHINI - August 30, 2016


From 22 May to 9 August 2015, “Himmelhaven”, the project by Snøhetta for the upcoming expansion of the Ordrupgaard museum, is publicly exhibited at the museum’s home near Copenhagen. The extension will house the museum collection of French art, which includes masterpieces by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas e Pierre-Auguste Renoir, to name a few.

The project by the Norwegian architectural firm, which in 2012 was awarded the first prize in an international design competition, proposes a semi-underground building with a gross floor area of 1,600 square meters, located on the north side of the museum complex. Due to its limited overground height, the extension will not impede the view on the existing buildings as well as that of the surrounding landscape.


The Ordrupgaard museum complex is currently composed of an early-20th century historical villa to which a new building, housing exhibition galleries and designed by Zaha Hadid, has been added in 2005.


Founded in 1987, Snøhetta is a world-renowned architectural office. The practice has realized several projects, including the Oslo Opera House, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria and the September 11 Memorial in New York, among others; Himmelhaven will be the fist building by Snøhetta in Denmark.


All images courtesy of Snøhetta

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