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Old November 23rd, 2005, 01:01 AM   #1
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Heart - by Steven Holl



Heart is a new museum currently under construction in Herning, Denmark. It is designed by american star architect Steven Holl, who won the architectural competetion back in 2005. The building will unite three distinct cultural institutions: the Herning Art Museum, the MidWest ensemble and the Socle du Monde. It will include 2 large galleries with moveable walls and a concert hall with room for 150 people.

For the design, Steven Holl was inspired by textile history in the area, where the current art museum is housed in an old shirt factory. When seen from above, the roof of the new house bares a striking resemblance to a collection of shirtsleeves, and the outer walls are made of textured white fabric concret, poored on site. The curved roofs allows a lot of natural light inside the building. And finally, the building will be very "green" so to speak, with grey water recycling and other environmental friendly features.

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Name: Heart - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art
Working title: Herning Center of the Arts
Address: Birk Centerpark 8, 7400 Herning, Denmark

Architect: Steven Holl Architects
Local architect: Kjaer & Richter, Denmark
General contractor: C.C. Contractor
Structural engineer: Niras
Mechanical engineer: Niras & Transsolar
Consultant: COWI
Landscape architect: Schønherr Landskab
Interior decoration: Montana
Client: The Herning House of Art Project Foundation
Partners: Herning Art Museum, Ensemble MidtVest & Socle du Monde

Size: 5.600 sqm
Building site: 12.000 sqm
Price: 154,5 million DKR (~20 million €)

Competition result: November 22th 2005
Ground broken: June 25th 2007
Topping out ceremony: May 30th 2008
Official opening: 07/09/2009
Public opening: 09/09/2009

The other 5 firms in the competetion:
Keith Williams Architects (UK)
Snöhetta (No)
3X Nielsen (DK)
Caruso St. John Architects (UK)
CUBO Arkitekter (DK).

And here we have the renderings, all courtesy Steven Holl Architects:



















Steven Holl presenting his project in Herning in November 2005:






Finally some of the other proposals from the architectural competetion:

CUBO Arkitekter (DK):


(© CUBO Arkitekter)

3 X NIELSEN (DK):


(© 3 X Nielsen)

Keith Williams Architects (UK):


(© Keith Williams Architects)

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Old November 23rd, 2005, 11:51 AM   #2
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amazing designe!!
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Old December 16th, 2005, 12:48 AM   #3
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I like it!
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Old September 5th, 2007, 08:14 PM   #4
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Just diggin' up this old thread, since ground was broken on July 25th.

It's really big for a rather small town like Herning (pop. ~44.000) to get new museum designed by Steven Holl. I'll probably add a few construction photos along the way.
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Old May 25th, 2008, 07:02 PM   #5
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A bunch of my photos from today, when there was an open "tour" at the contruction site. Things progressing as planned, and there will be a "topping out" ceromoney on friday with Steven Holl attending:























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Old May 30th, 2008, 06:56 PM   #6
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Today "topping out ceremony" was held, with Steven Holl attending. The museum also got it's "real" name today, which is simply "heart" (short for "Herning Museum of Contemporary Art"). And finally, a new website have also been made: heart

A few photos from today, first we have Steven Holl:





View of the very complex steel structure for the roof:



Bunches of people attended the ceremony:




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Old January 18th, 2009, 05:01 PM   #7
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Little photo update from today. The weather was terrible, so only inside views. I think everything progress as planned, and it is expexted to open in summer or fall 2009.

One of the exhibition halls:


Same, another angle:


The other exhibition hall:


And again:


Entrance area:


And finally two long holls outside the exhibition areas:


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Old May 17th, 2009, 05:50 PM   #8
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Little update from today. The big opening will be on 09/09/09 so less than four months to go. That really starts to show on the inside where you really get a good feel of what we'll end up with here.

Entrance area:


The smaller of the two exhibition halls:


Same, other angle:


The large exhibition hall:


Same:


Same again:


Restaurant/Café area:


Same area from another angle:


Outside where they are doing the landscaping now. This is the backside, outdoor cafe will be here:


And the frontside, still some work to do on the entrance:
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wow -

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- what a great way for the finishging of concrete, especially considering this is the site of a former clothing factory! cool, very cool!
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Old June 7th, 2009, 08:24 PM   #10
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With less than 3 months to the opening the building is starting to look finished. Here's 7 exterior shots from today:













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That is so beautiful. I think Holl just might be the greatest architect in the world. Well, after Nouvel of course.
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Oh wow I really like it. Congradulations Denmark what a spectacular project. I don't know who the best in the world is for me...but Holl is up there.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 12:43 AM   #13
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Official opening ceremony tomorrow (monday) with Steven Holl and the Danish Prime Minister among others.

The public, like moi, will have to wait until wednesday to see the new building when it opens to the public. I hope I'll be able to show some new photos soon.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 10:44 PM   #14
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A few photos from outside the building tonight. All 4 photos are from the back of the building which is the most interesting architectually. Hope I'll be allowed to take photos inside on wednesday when it opens to the public:










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I don't like it. But thanks for the photos anyway, mlm!


I would be more pleased if they had gone for the proposed 3X NIELSEN design:





Definitely the better and more unique concept.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 11:17 PM   #16
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I agree that one would have been more spectacular, although I doubt it would have worked well in reality with all the glass.

However, being an art museum I think they didn't want to building itself to stand too much out and take away too much from the art itself. The Holl building is actually also pretty spectacular, mostly on the inside with the curved roofs, and personally I think it's great, altough the front could have been nicer.
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Wow... it's beautifull.
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Holl's creation is one of the most beautiful buildings constructed in the world in the past decade. Perhaps the most beautiful.

That 3XN design is hideous. Absolute trash. I would praise the developers for choosing the correct design; but really, how much praise does someone deserve for choosing prime rib over a Big Mac?
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I don't like it. But thanks for the photos anyway, mlm!



Definitely the better and more unique concept.



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You make absolutely no sense. Leave other people some room for their own opinion.

Anyway, I don't like modernist stuff like this, they built this crap since Bauhaus times. For friggin 80 years. We developed faster and more individual with architectural styles before WW2.

Today it's the same modernist shite everywhere.
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