The award is given to projects that make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment. Award level schemes must demonstrate excellence in architecture and make a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community.
Moesgaard Museum is designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with Kristine Jensens Tegnestue. The new 16,000 m2 museum is uniquely located in the hilly landscape of Skåde south of Aarhus, Denmark. With its sloping roofscape of grass, moss and flowers in bright colours the building appears a powerful visual landmark perceptible even from the sea.
Moesgaard Museum is not just the biggest newly built cultural history museum of Northern Europe. Since the museum’s opening in October last year, it has also become the setting for many different social and cultural activities: Conferences, concerts, talks and sport events. Moreover, during winter time, the building proved the city’s best toboggan ride.
The interior of the building is designed like a varied terraced landscape inspired by archaeological excavations gradually unearthing the layers of history and exposing lost cities. Henning Larsen Architects’ Design Department is behind a wide range of design solutions for the new museum including customized interior design and a new visual identity.
More than 238 international projects were short-listed for the prestigious Civic Trust Award, which was presented at a ceremony in London on 6 March. Launched in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards is one of the longest standing architectural and built environment award schemes in Europe.
Henning Larsen Architects has previously received more Civic Trust Awards for both cultural and educational projects such as Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre (2012), Umeå Arts Campus (2013) and Campus Roskilde (2014).
Moesgaard Museum was recently shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture 2015 - Mies van der Rohe Award along with 40 other projects. Last year, the museum was awarded the reputable and coveted In-Situ Award.