Ordrupgaard Museum Extension
Zaha Hadid Architects

September 05, 2005 /

Copenhagen, Denmark

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The design is based on Zaha Hadid's personal interpretation of the surrounding landscape and the relationship to the original building.

When Ordrupgaard reopens its doors, after being closed for almost two years, the museum will have doubled both its exhibition space and public space.

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The growth of Ordrupgaard presented an opportunity to explore new formal relationships between the components of the museum and the garden that frames it, in so far that the ensemble constitutes a kind of topography in itself.

/Zaha Hadid

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Ordrupgaard was built in 1918 as a country estate and showcase for insurance magnate Wilhelm Hansen's remarkable collection of French Impressionist and Danish paintings. It has been a public museum since 1953.

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The design is based on Zaha Hadid's personal interpretation of the surrounding landscape and the relationship to the original building; both in size and in the proportions of the new galleries.

Opacity is achieved by an in-situ black lava concrete skin that acts as a counterpoint for the various glazed elements that reflect the landscape and allow glimpses of the interior. Earthworks and embankments bring the building into the ground at key points around the plan.

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The new entrance is accessed from a courtyard that physically separates the new building from the existing long French Gallery building.
The Foyer runs parallel to the courtyard "pointing" visitors in the direction of the galleries.

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Lighting slits act as orientation devices to the visitors. Natural light is filtered and moderated as it passes through the building shell; the roof.

A long sloping ramp divides the Temporary and Permanent Gallery spaces and leads to the Multipurpose Hall and Café which face out to the garden.

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Terraces are designed to connect the new to the existing Mansion garden terraces; again providing visitors with a visual connection between the buildings.
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Site Plan

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Ground Floor Plan

Even though Zaha Hadid's building has a strikingly different and contemporary idiom in relation to the original country house, she has managed to capture the special spirit of the site and skilfully bring it up to date. Despite the new extension, Ordrupgaard retains its basic character.

/Anne-Birgitte Fonsmark
Director Ordrupgaard

Facts about Ordrupgaard Museum Extension

Total area:

1,150 m2

Zaha Hadid Architects


Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher

Project Architect (Zaha Hadid):

Ken Bostock

Project Team (Zaha Hadid):

Caroline Krogh Andersen

Modelmaker (Zaha Hadid):

Riann Steenkamp

Competition Team:
Ken Bostock
Patrik Schumacher
Adriano de Gioannis
Sara de Araujo
Lars Teichmann
Tiago Correia
Vivek Shankar
Cedric Libert,

Associate Architect:
PLH Arkitekter (Denmark)

Structural Engineers:

Jane Wernick Associates (UK)
Birch & Krogboe (Denmark)

Service Engineers:

Ove Arup & Parnters (UK)
Birch & Krogboe (Denmark)

Lighting Consultants:

Arup Lighting (UK)

Acoustic Consultants:

Birch & Krogboe (Denmark)

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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