Danish Architecture Guide

AroS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

AroS is situated on the sloping hillside between a plateau and Århus river and neighbouring some of the city's large, solitary buildings such as Musikhuset (the Concert Hall) and Erhvervsarkivet (the Danish National Business Archives). For this reason the museum is a free-standing, cubic structure of 52 x 52 m rising to a height of almost 50 m and partly embedded in the hillside. A sloping ramp leads to the museum and continues through a 35 m high, public thoroughfare traversing the cube's third storey. The ramp continues out on the other side of the building where it ends in a front plaza facing the Concert Hall and the culture centre, Ridehuset (the Riding Ground).East of the thoroughfare are the museum's exhibition galleries, to the west there is a service section containing the museum administration, a library and a restau-rant. From the public thoroughfare a distinctive spiral staircase leads up and down to the galleries.The museum is built in red brick which at one time matches the surroundings and contrasts the building's white interior.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014