Construction begins at Ordrupgaard!
In early March 2019, the consortium Juul & Nielsen and Barslund I/S will begin the work of creating the underground extension “Himmelhaven”, which will house Ordrupgaard’s collection of French Impressionist art.
The new extension to Ordrupgaard has been designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, in collaboration with consultant engineers COWI and EKJ Rådgivende Ingeniører. Snøhetta has been responsible for spectacular buildings such as the Oslo Opera House, Norway, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina library in Alexandria, Egypt, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum & Pavilion in New York, USA.
The start of construction has been delayed because the project had to undergo several tendering rounds before the right contractor was found. At the same time, the massive construction boom in Denmark has led to price increases. But now the financing is finally in place, thanks to a generous extra grant of DKK 28 million from the foundations.
Full speed ahead
At Ordrupggard, we can now look forward to the construction of Himmelhaven really getting started.
A busy time lies ahead for the museum, as Ordrupgaard has loaned both its French and its Danish collection to museums in Denmark and abroad. In this way more people can enjoy the works, while Himmelhaven and the rest of the museum is made ready to present art once again and welcome the public to a new Ordrupgaard.
Ordrupgaard is expected to reopen in late 2020.