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Moesgaard Museum / Henning Larsen Architects

  • 00:00 - 26 January, 2015
Moesgaard Museum / Henning Larsen Architects
Moesgaard Museum / Henning Larsen Architects, ©  Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

©  Jens Lindhe © Martin Schubert © Jan Kofod Winther © Martin Schubert + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aarhus, Denmark
  • Team from Henning Larsen Architects

    Louis Becker (Responsible Partner), Niels Edeltoft (Project Manager), Troels Troelsen (Design Responsible, Competition Phase), Elizabeth Ø. Balsborg (Architect and Design Manager), Birte Bæk, Carsten Fisher, Gitte Edelgren, Greta Lillienau, Hans Vogel, Henrik Vuust, Irma Persson Käll, Johnny Holm Jensen, Julie Daugaard Jensen, Lars Harup, Lars Krog Hansen, Magnus Folmer Hansen, Mai Svanholt, Maja Aasted, Martha Lewis, Matthias Lehr, Peter Koch, Sarah Kübler, Stefan Ernst Jensen
  • Area

    16000.0 m2
  • Photographs

  • Signage, wayfinding and design

    Henning Larsen Architects
  • Landscape

    Kristine Jensens Tegnestue
  • Engineers

    Cowi
  • Contractors

    MT Højgaard and Lindpro
  • Interior design team from Henning Larsen Architects

    Christian Andresen, Karima Andersen, Louise Bay Poulsen, Marie Louise Mangor
  • Team from Kristine Jensens Tegnestue

    Kristine Jensen (Partner and Creative Director), Nina Walsh Holmbroe (Architect)
  • Client

    Moesgaard Museum
  • Client adviser

    D-K2
  • Type of competition

    Invited competition
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© Jan Kofod Winther
© Jan Kofod Winther

Text description provided by the architects. The new Moesgaard Museum is uniquely situated in the rolling bucolic landscape of Skåde. With its sloping roofscape of grass, moss and brightly-coloured wild flowers, the building is a powerful visual landmark perceptible even from the sea.

© Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

The rectangle-shaped roof plane seems to grow out of the landscape and during the summer it will form an area for picnics, barbeques, outdoor lectures and traditional Midsummer Day’s bonfires. Come winter snowfall, the sloping roof will become transformed into the city’s best sledding hill.

Section
Section

The interior of the building is designed to evoke a varied terraced landscape, which is inspired by archaeological excavations as they gradually unearth the layers of history and expose lost civilisations. The visitor can move through a vivid sequence of exhibitions and scientific experiments – like a traveler in time and space. The heart of the building is the foyer, which also holds a café with outdoor seating. From the foyer, the terraced underworld opens up to the light from the roof garden and the impressive view of the Aarhus Bay.

© Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

Exhibition design

Architecture, nature, culture and history fuse together into a comprehensive visitor experience. The museum’s many years of exhibition experience and research will be drawn upon to inform a new approach to the presentation of cultural history. Moesgaard Museum will be able to facilitate their knowledge as an institution in a way that is captivating and provocative to children, parents, and grandparents. There is something for everyone regardless of their point of view.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

With its bright courtyards, terraces and small cave-like ‘houses in the house,’ the museum will support and promote many new and alternative types of exhibitions where the use of technology is combined with a more workshop-like arrangement to give visitors a glimpse of how archaeologists and ethnographers work.

©  Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

Materials

The materials of the building have been selected to harmonise with the overall expression of the building; at the same time acoustics, economy, technical settings, maintenance, durability, colour pallette and sustainability have been considered in detail. The museum’s interior walls are generally painted or left as rough concrete. A mounted ceiling system has been installed between the concrete beams to regulate the building’s acoustics, while the beam structure remains visible. The wood floors of the exhibition rooms are raised above the concrete slab, for comfort, acoustics, and general aesthetic appeal.

©  Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

The exterior of the building is dominated by the gesture of the roofline, which rises as a concrete form from the landscape. The roof surface itself is covered in grass with walking paths that are designed to also function as emergency escape routes.

©  Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

Sustainability

The key to aesthetic, comfortable and energy-efficient buildings is found in the interaction between architecture and technology. At Henning Larsen Architects, we have made the concept of sustainability tangible by focusing on the reduction of energy use as our primary strategy. We have done this with the belief that focusing on energy can create comprehensive quality in every aspect of a project. This is based on the methodology of our book “Design with Knowledge,” which was published in 2012. Specific focus areas have been developed with the fundamental objective of creating value at three levels of sustainability—the economic, social and environmental.

©  Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

Sustainability has been a significant factor in the overall architectonic arrangement of Moesgaard Museum. The south-facing roof surface (dubbed the roof facade) ensures the calculated basis for an energy-efficient building, which is designed to achieve energy class 1 status.

© Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

About Moesgaard Museum

The long-established Moesgård Museum, a regional and specialist museum of archaeology and ethnography, has been operating from the nearby Moesgård manor house for over 40 years. The exhibitions in the new museum building will contain a series of unique finds from Danish prehistory. Among these are two Iron Age finds: the c. 2,300-year-old Grauballe Man, the world's best preserved bog body; and, a number of exceptional weapon sacrifices from Illerup Ådal. The latter constitutes a segment of the museum’s collection which reflects sacrifice traditions, long distance contracts and power struggles that took place 1,800 years ago.

© Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

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Cite: "Moesgaard Museum / Henning Larsen Architects" 26 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/590484/moesgaard-museum-henning-larsen-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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