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Travel tips: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

Travel tips: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

A while ago in February I went to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art for the first time. Located 25 miles north of Copenhagen (about 45 minutes by train) in Humlebaek, it’s a lovely mid-century modernist building set in the woodland overlooking the Øresund sound, the stretch of water that separates Denmark and Sweden. It’s a very peaceful gallery experience, connected to the landscape and elements outside. And it’s fast become my favourite art gallery in the world. When I had visited Copenhagen previously I had never really had the time to get to Louisiana. But I really wish I had. It’s definitely one of those places that should be top of your list when you visit the Danish capital. I went in February to see an exhibition on the Chinese architect Wang Shu. It was snowing outside and the gallery was a welcome retreat from the cold. The landscape outside looked bleak but beautiful, the large picture-frame windows framing views of the frozen lake on one side and the mysterious waters of the sea on another, as if …

Neues Museum, Berlin, restored by David Chipperfield

The Neues Museum on Museum Island finally reopened in 2009 after being closed for over 70 years following World War II bomb damage, and a whopping €233 million restoration project by British architect David Chipperfield. Chipperfield has delicately reconstructed the museum rooms, leaving the existing flaking paintwork and washed-out murals to speak for themselves. A grand new staircase occupies the main hall and is given a modern look with the use of pre-cast concrete, while also blending in with the original brick and stone. There are now beautiful heavy bronze doors and latticed wooden radiator covers in the gallery rooms, as well as a new glass roof in the atrium and circular rooflights in the smaller galleries. The essence of Friedrich August Stuler’s original design is still there, Chipperfield has just let it come to life again. Images my own

The Castelvecchio, Verona by Carlo Scarpa

Having seen a wealth of Carlo Scarpa buildings and sculptures in Venice, I was starting overdose on Scarpa architecture. The Castelvecchio, however, a museum located within the complex of a solid red brick fortress on the banks of Verona’s river Adige, only secured by love for all things Scarpa. Restored by Carlo Scarpa from 1957 to 1975, the museum has all the hallmarks of a classic Scarpa building, with carefully considered details ranging from the stands and fixtures holding up the Byzantine art, to the apertures and openings that mark the meetings of different materials. The main wow-factor for me appeared after the initial series of gallery rooms, where a balancing act of ramps and staircases attach the gallery to the fortress wall and bridge across the river. Here a statue of a Lord on a horse, Cangrande- the greatest of the della Scala family, the Lords of Verona in the fourteenth century- stands precariously on a landing strip looking over the Giardini below. Scarpa demolished part of a barracks added by the occupying French …

Kaap Skil, Maritime and Beachcombers Museum by Mecanoo Architects

The Maritime and Beachcombers Museum on the island of Texel, Netherlands, by Mecanoo Architects, is designed with four playfully linked gabled roofs, which take on the rhythm of the surrounding roof tops. The wooden facade, made of sawn hardwood sheet-piling from the North Holland Canal, represents the long-held tradition of recycling driftwood from stranded ships or wrecks in Texel. Inside, under the high gabled roofs the visitor gets a generous sense of being able to survey the sizable collection of the museum, as well as viewing the village of Oudeschild and the famous North Holland skies at a glance. Images: Mecanoo and ArchDaily

Leighton House Museum, Holland Park Road

  Lord Frederic Leighton by G F Watts in 1871 On the edge of Holland Park is a small museum, which showcases the opulent 19th Century home and studio of renowned British artist Frederic Leighton, who remains the only British artist to become a Lord and Baron. The design for the house was proposed and created by architect George Aitchison, and includes a Arab Hall as it’s centrepiece, complete with sparkling and vibrant Islamic tiles brought back from trips to Damascus, Syria. “Leighton has been collecting tiles for years” said George Aitchison, “Chaldean tiles, tiles of Damascus, tiles from Crete, of wonderful colour and some of wonderful design. They used to stand in the studio and get in the way. One day he said ‘I must really do something with these tiles.” and Aitchison undertook to furnish him with a design that would be suited to their employment. The interior is truly remarkable, richly decorated with gilded ceilings and silk wallpapers, William Morris curtains and Millais’ paintings. Leighton was part of the Aesthetic Movement (see …

Museum of Ocean and Surf by Steven Holl Architects and Solange Fabiao

On the 25th of June, The Museum of Ocean and Surf, by Steven Holl in collaboration with Brazilian artist and architect Solange Fabiao, will open to the public in Biarritz, France. The building explores the relationship and form between the sea and the sky, with the concave exterior space becoming “under the sky” and the underneath curve of the concrete ceiling forming “under the sea”. This forms a play with levels and ramps as the visitor passes from the entrance lobby to vast exhibition rooms. The concept also relates well with landscape of the surrounding area, from the seafront it gradually extends up to the fields behind. Images: ArchDaily