ARKEN is a Deconstructivist building, but after two extensions, other architectural elements have snuck in. Where the form of the original rooms follows the imagination, in the new rooms form follows function.
The first extension gave ARKEN new galleries. The rooms lie like four white cubes in continuation. They are simple and functional. Whereas the art in the original galleries interplays with the grey and raw style, the art in the new galleries interplays with the architecture in a different way. With their square floor plan and white walls, the rooms are more traditional than ARKEN’s original galleries that have concrete walls and appear with oblique and unpredictable shapes.
The second extension gave ARKEN a big and bright entrance. The light is drawn in through the glass and opens up the museum towards the world. The entrance follows the current trend of white walls and plenty of natural daylight, creating a stark contrast to the museum’s original dark, grey and raw rooms.
The original building followed the imagination, with all its broken geometric shapes, its shifting levels and its playful idiom. In time ARKEN has grown bigger and more functional, and imagination has taken a step back in favour of the more flexible framework for both art and the visitors.
ARKEN’s architecture interplays with the landscape
ARKEN’s architecture and identity revolve around the location by the sea
ARKEN’s architecture breaks with the traditional static framework
ARKEN’s architecture is made for exploring