Bornholm Museum Addition
Bornholm Museum, Bornholm, Denmark
AREA: 37,650 sf
PROGRAM: CULtURAL HISTORY GALLERIES, LIGHt MUSEUM GALLERIES, and VISITOR AMENITIES
estimated CONSTRUCTION COST: $22,ooo,ooo
Design Architect: Architecture Operations D.P.C., REID FREEMAN, PARTNER IN CHARGE
Artist: JAMES CARPENTER DESIGN ASSOCIATES
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: RORBAEK & MOLLER ARCHITECTS
The concept for the expansion of the Bornholm Kunstmuseum is inspired by its extraordinary location on the island in the Baltic Sea. The unification of land, sea, and sky in the horizon is emphasized and framed by the building massing which steps down the hill towards the ocean and engages viewers in a new relationship to the landscape.
The expansion of the Kunstmuseum merges it with the Bornholm Museum to house and display local historical and archaeological artifacts. In addition to a shared entry and public space for both museums with space for gathering, a gift shop, and restaurant, the new building will incorporate outdoor exhibition spaces and two floors of gallery spaces, including the new Light Museum, a gallery for site-specific works by artists whose practice incorporates natural light.
Circulation is a driving factor in the expansion. The existing circulation path of art museum dead ends into an overlook with a view of the Baltic, but does not offer direct access to the landscape. The circulation through the new museum recalls this existing condition but operates a loop that starts and ends with the north horizon view and engages the landscape. The bulk of the addition is sited below grade to minimize the visual impact of the new addition on the site and when viewed from the existing museum.