Moesgård Museum Extension
Design: Henning Larsen Architects
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.
The interior of the Moesgård Museum Extension 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 Moesgård Museum Extension will invite various new and alternative kinds of exhibitions. The heart of the building is the foyer with a café and outdoor service. From the foyer, the terraced underworld opens up to the light from the roof garden and the impressive view of the Aarhus Bay.
Moesgård Museum Århus – Building Information
Location: Moesgård, south of Århus, Denmark
Client: Moesgård Museum
Gross floor area: 16,000 sqm
Year of construction: 2010-13
Type of assignment: First prize in invited competition
Moesgård Museum Extension images / information from Henning Larsen Architects