In the near future Ordrupgaard will be laying the foundation for a new underground extension designed by the famous Norwegian architects Snøhetta. The entire museum will be closed during the construction process, but the park will remain open. The new extension Himmelhaven is intended to safeguard the museums valuable French collection. 

With the addition of the Zaha Hadid extension in 2005 Ordrupgaard got the opportunity to hold large international special exhibitions like Van Gogh, Gauguin, Bernard. Friction of Ideas (2014) and Scandinavia’s biggest Monet exhibition in 2016. Soon Ordrupgaard will expand again – this time to optimize the safekeeping of the museums valuable collection of impressionist artworks.

The construction process

Due to the construction area, access to the museum and Finn Juhl’s house will be blocked, and therefore the museum will close during the entire building process. Unfortunately, this also means that special exhibitions and access to the permanent collection will be halted, but there will still be access to the art park.

Safeguarding the collection

The goal with Himmelhaven is to give Ordrupgaard’s French collection the optimal conditions so the museum can exhibit the fragile pastelles by Edgar Degas – amongst others – that at the moment cannot be experienced by the public. With the construction of Himmelhaven Ordrupgaard wishes to give its visitors a better experience of the permanent collection, which contains works by Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Renoir, Courbet, Morisot and many others.

Great architecture on Danish soil

The Norwegian architects Snøhetta were founded in Oslo in 1987 and have since then recieved several prizes for their innovative building projects such as the Oslo Opera House, the Alexandria library and the memorial for the World Trade Center in New York. Like Zaha Hadid’s extension to Ordrupgaard was the first of its kind in Northern Europe, Himmelhaven will also be Snøhetta’s first project in Denmark.

Himmelhaven is expected to be completed by December 2019 when Ordrupgaard will reopen. During the building phase Ordrupgaard will be active at www.ordrupgaard.dk as well as the museum’s Facebook- and Instagram profiles. On these channels you will be able to follow along in the building process and find information about activities in the park. You can also receive answers to any of your questions in our info-space, which will be available while the new building is under construction.

Himmelhaven was made possible by:

A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal

Augustinus Fonden


Det Obelske Familiefond

Knud Højgaards Fond


December, 2017 - December 2019