C. F. Møller Architects has added a new extension to the small, but distinctive museum exhibiting the large collection of paintings by Carl-Henning Pedersen and his wife Else Alfelt in Herning, Denmark. The museum is located within Birk Centerpark, a park area outside Herning containing various cultural business and educational institutions, that has gone extensive changes throughout the years, creating a mix of landscape, architecture and artistic elements.
The origins of Birk Centerpark lie in the establishment of C. Th. Sørensen’s sculpture park and the construction of the Angli shirt factory for the businessman and art collector A. Damgaard in the 1960s.
C. F. Møller Architects converted this spiral-shaped factory into a visual arts museum in 1976. Since then, several more landscaped areas have been added, and more developments have been built, each with its architectural basis in the white, stringent and geometric form language of the Angli factory.
The 1976 Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt Museum is built up around a large collection of works by the Danish art couple Carl-Henning Pedersen and Else Alfelt, who were both active in the Cobra movement. The museum is characterized by the unity of art and architecture in the sculptural form.
The facade is clad with ceramic tiles decorated with Carl-Henning Pedersen’s colourful mythical beasts. The shape is entirely geometric, with a circular main building echoing the shape of the converted factory situated opposite. The geometry of the entire complex also interacts with the other buildings in the cultural and educational park, most of which were designed by C. F. Møller Architects.
In 1993 the museum was extended to provide more space for the arts collections. The geometrical vocabulary is continued in the extension, with a free standing structure in the surrounding park: A square extension underground, lit by a glass wall in the above-ground pyramidal skylight prism structure, and connected to the existing underground arts collections. The 1993-extension was designed in close co-operation between Carl-Henning Pedersen and C. F. Møller Architects.
A future underground extension is also planned, which will create a physical link with the adjacent Herning Art Museum.
Client: Herning Municipality and The Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt Museum
Address: Birk Centerpark, Herning, Denmark
Architect: C. F. Møller Architects
Landscape: C. Th. Sørensen; Sven-Ingvar Andersson; C. F. Møller Architects
Engineer: MidtConsult A/S
Artists: Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt
Size: 2200 m2 + 750 m2 extension
Year: 1975-76, 1993, 2007-
Awards: Herning Municipality Architecture Award, 1996
Photography: Barker & Barker, Thomas and Poul Pedersen, Torben Eskerod, Jan Kofod Winther
*All images and information courtesy of C. F. Møller Architects.