1996: ARKEN is inaugurated

The good ship ARKEN is launched

 

 

In March 1996 ARKEN was inaugurated. The edifice both represented an architectonic landmark and an active centre for modern art. ARKEN was placed as a ship, with stem and sail, on the edge of the sea. With an area of 9,200 m2 it welcomed its visitors inside to look closer at ARKEN’s artistic cargo.ARKEN situated as a ship

 

As on a ship, the constructions were visible. Both inside and outside one found fragments of maritime parts and elements. The few recurring ornaments – the nut and the bolt – were drawn from ship architecture; the visible piping below the ceiling, the dark colour and the resounding acoustics recalled an engine room below deck.

 

Despite ARKEN’s obvious ship metaphors, the museum’s architecture and the landscape worked together, for the main lines of the landscape were repeated in ARKEN’s floor plan. The museum was designed along two axes: One is Skovvej, the other the coastline. The Art Axis runs parallel to the road, while the Red Axis follows the water’s edge. 

 

 

 

Oversigtsplan 1996 UK


BEFORE 1996 »

From the distant past’s sea of ice to today’s museum of modern art

ARKEN´S FIRST EXTENSION »

The 2008 extension gave ARKEN more room for the art

ARKEN´S SECOND EXTENSION »

The 2009 extension focused on better facilities for ARKEN’s visitors

THE DEVELOPMENT THE ARCHITECTURE »

ARKEN’s development over the years has made its mark on the museum

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: 50 kr.
Groups: 50 kr.
Pensioniers: 50 kr.
Students: 50 kr.
Children under 18: Free
CLUB ARKEN: Free