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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, Denmark by Polyform Arkitekter and Karres en Brands landschapsarchitecten

January 5th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Polyform Arkitekter and Karres en Brands landschapsarchitecten

New garden for National Art Gallery in Copenhagen

POLYFORM | KARRES EN BRANDS wins the international competition for redesigning the Museum Garden of the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, with their entry ‘SMK tilbage i Parken’ (‘SMK back in the park’). The project will be realised in collaboration with Svava Riesto, Oluf Jørgensen Ingeniører and Via Trafik.


Current situation west view

Aerial image of current situation


Statens Museum for Kunst

The design is based on the concept of connecting the museum garden with the neighbouring park Østre Anlæg, where, in the current situation, it turns its back on. By doing so, the SMK will be embedded into the park and the Museum Garden becomes the new entrance area for both the SMK and Østre Anlæg.


Street view

The design is simple and flexible, yet full of character. It invites visitors, artists and passers-by to multiple uses. The heart of the design is a ‘socle’: an unique water feature that can be used as a flexible stage for the museum, city life and many other activities. The Museum Garden will have an explicit green character thanks to the spacious lawns and vast planting of indigenous tree species. By the arrangement of spatial elements the garden becomes an intermediary between collection, museum, park and city.

In the Museum Garden, the city life intertwines with art. Installations, events and a view on the many towers of Copenhagen accompany the Statens Museum for Kunst into a new era.


Statens Museum for Kunst

College art manifestation


Plan drawing

Concept diagram

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