On the Architecture

Use your senses and explore ARKEN

  
ARKEN is not constructed as a continuous form but consists of joined building parts. Large open rooms followed by small closed ones makes for dramatic transitions.

 

The oblique angles of the rooms make ensure that the architecture is surprising, dynamic and full of contrasts. The museum was constructed to challenge one’s eye as well as one’s balance. Unlike the works of art, you are allowed to touch the architecture and slide your hand over the concrete wall.

 

 Discover the Architecture of ARKEN

  
The curving and tilting walls, the split-levels, the special passages of light, the visible constructions and the at times striking colours stimulate all one’s senses, demanding to be experienced with the entire body. The architect behind ARKEN, Søren Robert Lund, was thinking in strong contrasts between the naked concrete grey walls, with the traces of the shuttering boards still visible, to the Venetian red walls of the Red Axis and the cloakroom.

 

You can explore ARKEN’s architecture with your senses: Challenge your sight in the Art Axis where the room seems even longer than it is. Or use your sense of touch and feel what it is like to walk on the soft wooden floor in the foyer rather than the hard concrete floor of the Art Axis. One’s sense of equilibrium is challenged in the Red Axis where the sloping floor and the slanting wall make walking straight difficult. End up in the café and indulge your sense of taste.

THE ENTRANCE
THE ENTRANCE  »

ARKEN’s entrance opens the museum towards the world, inviting in its visitors


THE ART AXIS
THE ART AXIS  »

The Art Axis is ARKEN’s spine and Denmark’s longest exhibition room


THE RED AXIS
THE RED AXIS  »

The striking Red Axis cuts through the museum


THE GALLERIES
THE GALLERIES  »

ARKEN’s galleries offer the best framework for the art


THE DETLEFS HALL
THE DETLEFS HALL  »

The sculpture hall provides the setting for changing exhibitions and events


ARKEN CREATIVE
ARKEN CREATIVE  »

ARKEN’s teaching and communication rooms are designed for creative expression and learning


THE FOYER
THE FOYER  »

The room that connects all the paths of the museum


THE CAFÉ
THE CAFÉ  »

The café recalls the deck of a ship


Arken
DK-2635 Ishøj
Tel: (+45) 43 54 02 22
Skovvej 100
Opening hours
Tuesday-Sunday: 10-17
Wednesday: 10-21
Monday: Closed
Admission fees
Adults: 95 kr.
Groups (min. 10): 80 kr.
Pensioniers: 95 kr.
Students: 75 kr.
Children under 18: Free
CLUB ARKEN: Free