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Herning Center of the Arts / Steven Holl Architects

  • 01:00 - 14 September, 2009
Herning Center of the Arts / Steven Holl Architects
Herning Center of the Arts / Steven Holl Architects, © Steen Gyldendal
© Steen Gyldendal

© Steen Gyldendal © Steen Gyldendal © Steen Gyldendal Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +53

  • Architects

  • Location

    7400 Herning, Denmark
  • Architect

    Steven Holl Architects
  • Design Architect

    Steven Holl
  • Project Team

    Lesley Chang, JongSeo Lee, Julia Radcliffe, Filipe Taboada, Christina Yessios
  • Competition Team

    Cosimo Caggiula, Martin Cox, Alessandro Orsini
  • Associate In Charge

    Noah Yaffe
  • Project Advisor

    Chris McVoy
  • Program

    Temporary exhibition galleries, 150 seat auditorium, music rehearsal rooms, restaurant, media library and administrative offices
  • Client

    Herning Center of the Arts
  • Area

    5600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The Herning Center of the Arts unites, for the first time, three distinct cultural institutions: the Herning Art Museum, the MidWest Ensemble and the Socle du Monde. The new Center is intended to be an innovative forum combining visual art and music. The design fuses landscape and architecture in a one-level building that will include permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a 150-seat auditorium, music rehearsal rooms, a restaurant, a media library, administrative offices and an active landscape. The design for the center aims at "building the site".

© Steen Gyldendal
© Steen Gyldendal

In transforming the flat field, a new 40,000 sf. landscape of grass mounds and pools conceals all the parking and service areas while shaping inspiring bermed landscape spaces focused on reflecting pools positioned in the south sun. Herning's prominent relationship with textiles and art formed the inspiration for the design concept. Steven Holl states: 'Part of the current art collection is housed in an old shirt factory in Herning. 

© Steen Gyldendal
© Steen Gyldendal

This 1960s building was designed in the form of a shirt collar and is across the street from the site. It was the interaction between the factory owner and Arte Povera artists such as Piero Manzoni that enabled such a special collection of art to exist in Herning." A fabric theme is carried throughout the project from the shape of the building which resembles a collection of shirtsleeves viewed from above, through the wall finishes. Fabric tarps were inserted into the formwork to yield a fabric texture to the buildings exterior walls of white concrete.

© Steen Gyldendal
© Steen Gyldendal
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bryan · June 18, 2010

pinwheel programmatic organization courtesy of frank lloyd wright

peterTheDOUCHEBAG · October 18, 2009

peter what have YOU built

RT · September 16, 2009

I respect holl's writing more than his design work

peter · September 17, 2009 05:11 PM

RT what may I ask have you yourself built?? ....why? why why ????

Travis · September 16, 2009

So did those grass roofs pan out like the watercolour wanted? I don't see them in the photos or diagrams...
I am uncertain about the seamlessness of the connection between landscape and the program...
Although, I'm not sure that this kind of museum has any business with outdoor space (since the collections call for a more hermetic interior) it's more of a formal gesture than an actual space that you'd use and enjoy as a patron/visitor/employee...

Ming · September 16, 2009

I don't like Holl's production as Moma in Beijing,But I enjoy his purged modern style,like this.

peter · September 17, 2009 05:04 PM

is this ming from sydney and beijing?..... regardless holls work I find is more driven from an experience of space rather than formal approach.

Lasse Lyhne · September 15, 2009

For Steven Holl this is really not a good building, and not for Kjaer & Richter (who colaborated with SH on the completion) either...

The old museum is in a building that used to be a shirt manufacturer, hence the morbid, OVERDONE textile metaphores.. And ofcause no textile ever touched the concrete, it is sheets of metal that have been used to make the imprints.

This stuff might seem okay if we did'nt knew any better..

StructureHub Blog · September 15, 2009

Textural imprints on the concrete are certainly the most unique features of the design. If it weren't for them, I'd give little thought to the building, frankly.

Halima · September 15, 2009

Indeed very Ronchamp Chaplish design, as if it is a tribute to Corbusier.
Agree to some extent what people have to say about the exterior wall texture. But one can love the texture, as it captures the fluidity of concrete. A snapshot of the transition of liquid concrete to its solid and rigid form. Very humbling scale as if the landscape is lifting its head to look around itself.

manda · September 15, 2009

I think it is a mistake to base your concept in a way that it can only be seen from above, from a helicopter or a plane. People are not birds, we dont fly above the buildings. Concepts should be readable from the human perspective, and made clear while walking thorugh a building and around it and spending time in it. So to me this is just another modernistic building. But I like the textures and the series of views it offers. :)

zp · September 15, 2009 06:34 PM

i think that the concept is visible and makes strong psychological effect from inside. Ceiling in interior makes everything clear.

Rupesh Jamkhindikar · September 15, 2009

Depicts much from the modernist ideas...but Holl is one of the finest architects we have...sensuous if we may say so....

oscar falcón lara · September 15, 2009

I like the overlapping upward curved roofs, the all white exterior and the very interesting framing views towards water this building has, serene yet admirable, quite awesome in fact.

helen · September 15, 2009

the water colour is a little painful to look at. thats something really disappointing about architects depending on digital imaging these days i find.

the cheap looking exterior panelling takes away from the elegance of the design.

very ronchamp with light direction no? (roof gaps, light boxes..)

nevertheless love the idea of interweaving fabric

zp · September 14, 2009

very gentle design. A lot of ideas but they are not overpowering the building itself.

ryan · September 14, 2009

very restrained for steven holl. not that he is ever really "over the top" as far as post-modernism is concerned. i like it for that reason

Fino · September 14, 2009

I think this is absolutely wonderful. Could this perhaps be a Louis Kahn tribute?

a sphere · September 14, 2009

very brilliant way to make skylight by layering the roofs
thanks Holl

Hsu · September 14, 2009

Ronchamp? It just remind me this! But anyway, fantastic...

agree with Tee, the texture of concrete is not convincing to me either..

juanitø · September 14, 2009

i just went there this past weekend and i have to say the building is not that impressive, it is somewhat mediocre, not one of S holl's best.

Tee · September 14, 2009

Love the covering of the roof layers!
Althogh its interesting, but i don´t like the texture of the concrete!

Vitsee · September 15, 2009 11:51 AM

i like the texture... reminds me of a casually rumpled shirt - intentional?

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fl!p · September 16, 2009 05:24 AM

just make it sure your opinion is understood by many.. so it wont be useless..

Anon · September 15, 2009 03:50 PM

Can I ask you to post in English?

Not only it is a respect to the international nature of the site, it makes you look less like you're talking to yourself.


fl!p · September 15, 2009 07:33 AM


archilocus · September 14, 2009

I like the model, the interlacing roofs are formal but could be interesting in terms of light. I totally dislike the cheap modernist facades which make the roof concept unclear. A glassed facade or at least one more homogeneous would have probably been better.


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