Trapholt Art Museum is located on a unique sloping site near Kolding fjord, designed as a park with a summer villa in the 30’s. 

The museum is organized around a spatial and circulatory sequence that begins at the entry court, innermost and highest on the site, and culminates in the panorama over the fjord.

A continuous, massive wall acts as the circulatory backbone of the complex, integrating museum and landscape as its sculptural form traverses the contours of the site. 

The exhibition spaces are a sequence of interlocking rooms, arranged along one side of the massive wall, so all spaces are accessible.

The exhibition spaces have skylights and windows placed according to exhibition requirements and exterior views.

The special exhibition space for the nine works by Richard Mortensen was designed in collaboration with the artist himself. 

Trapholt was expanded with a new wing for the museum’s furniture collection and special exhibitions in 1996. The extension is designed as several independent buildings, placed in the park and connected to the original museum facility. 

A high-ceilinged, circular exhibition space with skylights gives access via a curved ramp to a square exhibition space below the ground, shaped around an underground atrium courtyard, allowing daylight into the exhibition. 

The museum’s original foyer and café have been expanded in connection with the extension, and the strong, sculptural wall demarcating the museum from the park has been lengthened.

The movement of the wall allows glances between the old and new sections of the museum. 


Æblehaven 23, Strandhuse, 6000 Kolding

7.000 m² / 2000 m²

Kolding Municipality

First stage: Boje Lundgaard & Bente Aude
Second stage: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects


Consulting artist:
Finn Reinbothe

Landscape Architect:
Svend Kierkegaard

Lighting consultant:
Sophus Frandsen

1st prize won in design contest 1982
Construction period: 1987-88 / 1995-96

Awarding of prizes:
EU's Helios Prize 1990
Kolding Municipality 1998