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Making more room for world-famous Skagen paintings

Photo: Friis & Moltke

​After years of detailed planning, COWI is finally ready to kick off the renovation and extension of Danish cultural institution Skagens Museum. 

COWI is main consultant on the expansion and renovation of Danish Skagens Museum, which is famous for housing more than 1,800 artworks from the Skagen painters. In cooperation with Danish architectural firm Friis & Moltke, COWI is working on preserving the cultural history of the museum while bringing it into the 21st century.

The main challenge for the museum was to create more space – both for displaying artwork, and for expanding its storage and office facilities. Therefore, it was decided to erect a new building next to the preservation-worthy Plesner building, while extending the existing building. 

"It’s always exciting to work on a building designed by a world-famous architect centuries ago. We want to infuse the new building with modern design while respecting the work of the original architect, and that’s a challenge," says Project Manager Mads Bæk Jensen.

Surprises on site

The project comes with quite a few challenges. A lot of groundwater and a limited work area are making the execution of the construction pit quite difficult, and Jensen expects the old building to present more surprises and challenges. 

"There’s no space for hiding things. There are special requirements for ventilation systems in museums and to meet them, we have to install large vents, which we would normally place above the ceiling. However, we cannot use false ceiling or raise the floor level since we are bounded by existing outer geometry. Instead, we just have to be creative," Jensen says.

The project will be completed in the autumn of 2015.

Published 17.02.2014

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