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Moesgaard Museum - new energy-efficient building

Photo: Bo Lavindsgaard (Fotolab Moesgård)
COWI's lighting designers have designed the museum's unique lighting that highlights the beautiful architecture and simultaneously helps to ensure the escape routes.
Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus has a new museum building of international standard, both in terms of attractions and architecture. By reducing the energy consumption it is now one of the world's most energy friendly museums

The extension of Moesgaard Muesum has been constructed to meet the criteria of Danish low energy class 1. This means that the building may consume no more than half of the energy that is used today.

This is the first time that a cultural history museum of this size is constructed in Denmark. And it is the first time that a museum participates in setting new energy and environmental standards.

COWI was selected to act as consulting engineers for the stunning museum building created by Henning Larsen Architects. The building interacts both with the existing museum, the beautiful manor Moesgaard, and the hilly landscape, in which the new building is integrated.

Great energy behind exhibitions

Energy-efficiency and sustainability have been incorporated from the beginning without compromising the aesthetics. COWI’s suggestions include solar cells, a local biomass fuelled CPH station, thermo-active structures that store both cold and heat, and a so-called dual mode ventilation concept that combines natural and mechanical ventilation.

Furthermore, COWI proposed optimization of daylight, utilization of solar energy, LED lighting, and accumulation of energy in heavy building structures.

Growing pains

Moesgård Museum, which is also the home of Aarhus University's Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Linguistics, is located 10 km south of Århus in scenic surroundings, which include a so-called ancient path featuring reconstructed houses and sepulchral monuments.

The reason for extending the museum is that both institutions are experiencing growing pains, and that the museum wishes to be able to show more of the unique and extensive archaeological and ethnographic collections to the public.

LAST UPDATED: 06.10.2017