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Ground Breaking for Danish Rock Museum in Roskilde, Denmark by MVRDV
July 3rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: MVRDV
Today the Danish Rock Museum, MVRDV and COBE together with Wessberg engineers and LIWplanning start construction of the new home for the Danish Rock Museum in Roskilde. The museum, which offers visitors an adventurous rock music experience, will open its doors in 2015. It is the first building of ROCKmagneten, a larger rock music district consisting of three new buildings and a refurbished factory. Roskilde is the location of the annual Roskilde Festival, the largest North European culture and music festival.
The Danish Rock Museum (DRM) is the main focus of the new Roskilde ROCKmagneten that over the coming years will be developed into a community for artists, musicians and other creative professionals. The new building is located between the old industrial halls that previously housed a concrete factory. It is characterized by its twenty meter cantilever over the main entrance and an outer façade of anodized gold aluminium pyramids.
‘We translated the aesthetics of rock music into an architectural experience. The exuberant metal façade for example gives a new meaning to the word metal-stud in architecture. The combination of gold and red velvet embodies the glamorous side of rock music.’ says Jacob van Rijs, co-founder and principal architect of MVRDV.
‘The Danish Rock Museum is a building that is both the epitome of Musicon and at the same time a breath of fresh air in the neighborhood. It will be a dramatic and iconic building, which sits upon and between the old characterful factory structure.’ says Dan Stubbergaard, owner and creative director of COBE.
The building with a surface of 3100m2 over 5 floors features a large exhibition hall, flexible auditorium, café, museum shop, administration offices and a lobby. The Danish Rock Museum is a mix of a traditional museum and an adventure: the museum will be equipped with interactive production rooms, exhibition facilities, recording studio, library and research facilities. The foyer of the museum will in time not only provide access to the museum but to the whole ROCKmagneten and can also be used as an outdoor concert stage. Performances can either face the large public plaza on one side or the refurbished industrial halls on the other.
The masterplan foresees transforming a 45.000m2 former industrial site into a new, dense neighbourhood, including the renovation of 8.000m2 of historic factory halls, organized around a plaza for events. Three new volumes will be added on top of the halls: The 11.000m2 ROCKmagneten consisting of The Danish Rock Museum, The Roskilde Festival Folk Music School and accompanying student housing, and the headquarters of the annual Roskilde Rock Festival.
MVRDV won the competition for the Danish Rock Museum together with Danish co-architect COBE in 2011. The DRM team further consists of Wessberg engineering, Norconsult fire safety and LIWplanning landscape architects. The building will be realised by B. Nygaard Sørensen A/S contractors.
The official ground breaking ceremony for the Rock Museum will be held on Monday the 30th June at 13:00h. Danish Minister of Culture Marianne Jelved, Mayor of Roskilde Joy Mogensen and CEO of Realdania Jesper Nygård will break ground. The event features live music by Nelson Can, various musical activities and provides information about Rockmagneten and the construction process.
MVRDV was set up in 1993 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. MVRDV engages globally in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. A research based and highly collaborative design method engages experts from all fields, clients and stakeholders in the creative process. The results are exemplary and outspoken buildings, urban plans, studies and objects, which enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.
Early projects by the office, such as the headquarters for the Dutch Public Broadcaster VPRO and WoZoCo housing for the elderly in Amsterdam lead to international acclaim. MVRDV develops its work in a conceptual way in which the changing conditions are visualised and discussed through designs, sometimes literally through the design and construction of a diagram. The office continues to pursue its fascination for and methodical research on density using a method of shaping space using the complex amounts of data that accompany contemporary building and design processes.The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published worldwide and has received numerous international awards. Seventy architects, designers and other staff develop projects in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative design process which involves rigorous technical and creative investigation.
MVRDV works with BIM and has official in-house BREEAM and LEED assessors. Together with Delft University of Technology, MVRDV runs The Why Factory, an independent think tank and research institute providing an agenda for architecture and urbanism by envisioning the city of the future.