New Nordic Louisiana 

The project was created as a part of Louisiana’s exhibition ‘New Nordic – Architecture and Identity’. Along with a number of other leading Nordic Architects, Lundgaard & Tranberg was invited to construct a minor building, specially designed for the exhibition.

The result is a piece of architecture, largely referring to material itself. The concrete sculpture is cast in a circular form and mixed with bark which is embedded in the concrete and creates a completely new structure. The floating material absorbs every minor thing it encounters and is marked by even the smallest nuances in the lining of the mould.

A new materiality emerges from the meeting between the porous bark and the solid concrete, allowing opposites to meet and pointing towards the places and materials from where architecture originates.

Culture – the civilized, the settled – is stirred in with the non-manmade material. The natural.

The shape is geometrically precise on the outside and dynamic on the inside. It opens up to new horizons, allowing for both insight and outgoing vision – underlined furtherly by the mirror-floor of the sculpture making the room bigger and pointing beyond itself.

The project is like a concentrate of how we work at the practice where the boundaries of the materials are challenged and experimented with in dialogue between location and materiality. 

Project data:

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Gammel Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk 

Pihl & Søn A/S

Pihl & Søn A/S

Unicon A/S

Lighting consultant:
Louis Poulsen