ARKEN was built for its location. On one side is Ishøj harbour and on the other is Køge Bay. ARKEN’s architecture and identity revolve around its location by the water – as suggested by its name, ARKEN, the building was designed over a metaphor for a ship.
Both outside and inside are fragments of maritime parts and elements. The few recurring ornaments – the nut and the bolt – were drawn from ship design.
Other elements that allude to ship design are the visible piping below the ceiling, the dark colour and the resounding acoustics which all recall an engine room below deck.
The Art Axis has a curved shape, reminiscent of the hull of a ship, and everywhere on the museum are tall, heavy iron doors as on a freighter.
Standing in the foyer and looking up through the big round skylight, one gets the feeling of being below deck with a view of the open sky. The stairs at the end of the room lead up to the ship’s bridge – where the café is situated.
The sloping floor and the oblique, tilting walls in the Red Axis contribute to the feeling of being aboard a ship – in a heavy sea.
ARKEN’s architecture interplays with the landscape
After two extensions ARKEN has become a bigger and more functional museum
ARKEN’s architecture breaks with the traditional static framework
ARKEN’s architecture is made for exploring