Randers Museum of Art in Denmark to be both extrovert and introvert in nature
3XN have beaten Zaha Hadid and Coop Himmelb(l)au among others to win the design competition for the Randers Museum of Art. The Official awarding of the competition winner selected for the New Museum of Art happened today at The Randers Art Museum in Denmark where Director of the Randers Museum of Art, Finn Terman Frederiksen announced the winner from a group of 5 teams.
The 3XN design, in itself a sculpture sitting in a sculpture garden, is designed to be a transition point between town and landscape, art and nature. Opening up at one end towards the town of Randers – and at the other towards the landscape and the river Guden; the Museum will merge these two concepts through the experience of the works of art within it. The architectural expression is playful, blurring the lines between art and museum. Using soft transitions, the red-tile façade of the exterior becomes the roof, and similarly on the inside, the floor becomes a wall, and then the wall a ceiling. The building also merges tradition and innovation incorporating the long Danish tradition of building beautiful and durable buildings in materials taken from the earth on which they are built.
Randers Museum of Art will be a prominent new landmark at the entrance to Randers. At a size of 7.550 sq m, the Museum will house three exhibition galleries, an auditorium, café, boutique and a range of administrative facilities. The main exhibition gallery will house the Museum’s considerable collection of Danish art – directly connected to the landscape depicted in so many of its works. The temporary exhibition space balances the national emphasis with its international potential; and a connecting transition between the galleries will be the Dalsgaard zone, named for Danish surrealist painter Sven Dalsgaard – of whom the Museum carries one of the world’s most significant collections.