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ARoS Art Museum Expansion Project: SHL Architects and James Turrell will Raise an Impressive Semi-Subterranean Dome in Aarhus

ARoS Art Museum Expansion Project: SHL Architects and James Turrell will Raise an Impressive Semi-Subterranean Dome in Aarhus
ARoS Art Museum Expansion Project: SHL Architects and James Turrell will Raise an Impressive Semi-Subterranean Dome in Aarhus, Rising Sun. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Rising Sun. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

With the aim of creating a new civic experience at a central point in the city of Aarhus, Denmark, the 'Next Level' project by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects expands the interior capacity of the ARoS Art Museum through a 1,200 square meter subterranean gallery and a huge semi-subterranean dome. The €40 million expansion plan was born from a collaboration with renowned American artist James Turrell, generating a unique experience of color and light.

The horizontal underground space will extend 120 meters below the surface, allowing the visitors to pass through a string of galleries and exhibition spaces before arriving at the Dome. "With its 40 meter diameter, the Dome will form one of the most spectacular spaces ever built into an art museum," explain the architects.

Aerial. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Aerial. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

The ARoS Art Museum has been promoting the union between art and architecture for several years. In 2011, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson created 'Your Rainbow Panorama', an impressive multicolored lookout constructed over the original building that functions as a visual link between the museum roof and the Aarhus skyline.

Arrival. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Arrival. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

In 2020, the building will be reintervened by Schmidt Hammer Lassen, its original designers, avoiding the current tendency to build vertically in order to integrate with the natural flows of the city at the pedestrian level, from the river to the square of the Aarhus Music Hall. 'The Next Level' will extend from the current main entrance of ARoS to the courtyard of the neighboring square Officerspladsen.

Corridor. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Corridor. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

"The Dome will rise nine meters above ground level. Whilst the first two underground galleries are almost completely hidden, only a change in the landscape hints at the larger building hidden under the ramp," add the architects.

Ganzfeld. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Ganzfeld. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

The Next Level project will open to the public in 2020.

Site Plan
Site Plan
Plan
Plan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Aros Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • Cost

    40 million EURO excl. VAT
  • Competition

    Direct commission
  • Status

    To be completed in 2020
  • Client

    Aarhus Municipality ARoS, Aarhus Art Museum
  • Client consultant

    Kuben Management A/S
  • Engineer & subconsultant

    COWI A/S
  • Artist collaboration

    James Turrell (US)
  • Landscape architect

    Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Contractor

    Per Aarsleff A/S
  • Visualisations

    Beauty & The Bit
  • Area

    5000.0 m2

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Cite: José Tomás Franco. "ARoS Art Museum Expansion Project: SHL Architects and James Turrell will Raise an Impressive Semi-Subterranean Dome in Aarhus" 16 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/799565/aros-art-museum-expansion-project-shl-architects-and-james-turrell-will-raise-an-impressive-semi-subterranean-dome-in-aarhus/> ISSN 0719-8884
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