THE DETLEFS HALL is placed in the heart of the museum, in one of the previously uncovered inner atria. There is access from the hall to the Art Axis and the galleries. Here one finds changing exhibitions, and at the same time the hall functions as conference room and can be used for lectures, receptions, etc.
The layout of THE DETLEFS HALL accentuates the existing axes in and around ARKEN: From the entrance in the Art Axis you can see straight through the hall and into the landscape towards the horizon. Behind you the line continues up through ARKEN’s Red Axis.
The interplay between the museum’s axes and the landscape is a key feature in the original museum building and is emphasised here.
This room’s choice of colour and material is softer than in the original museum: Floors and stairs are of upright parquet merbau teak, the walls are plastered and painted white, the ceiling is white, and light comes down through circular holes in the ceiling, providing a sculptural overhead light.
THE DETFLEFS HALL is named after Annie and Otto Johs. Detlefs who generously donated DKK 52 million for ARKEN’s extension in 2009.