BIG’s Museum of National History, Copenhagen Design
Denmark’s Museum of National History is planning a new facility and administered an open international competition which attracted some of the world’s most interesting architectural firms. They’ve recently announced the sixth finalist out of the 40 firms that made the shortlist, and my personal favourite design comes from the rapidly rising architectural star, Bjarke Ingels who eponymous firm seems to be involved in every interesting project the world over. Ingels, who I had the pleasure to hear speak when he was last in Vancouver, is also involved in a plan that will dramatically alter the north end of the Granville bridge and the Vancouver skyline. In his latest design, Ingels has created an extension that will work in harmony with the existing historic structures and will take the form of a man-made mineral landscape that both speaks to the mandate of the museum and represents a remarkable architectural construct. These renderings are extremely seductive and appear futuristic without being at odds with the content of the museum or the architecture already on site. It is a unique and altogether unexpected solution to building a museum extension. Find out more about BIG’s entry here.
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