A Power Station to Moderna Museet Malmö by Tham & Videgard Arkitekter

Moderna Museet Malmö

Malmö, Sweden (2009)

Moderna Museet Malmö is the new museum of modern and contemporary art, possibly the most independent figure of an architecture located in Malmö, the South of Sweden. As numerous art museums have been renovated from the industrial buildings, the history of the museum also goes back to 1901, before marking its history as a new presence in the city . It was once an electricity plant- power station closed in the 1990s, built by architect John Smedberg. The city of Malmö worked with the architecture firm Tham & Videgård Arkitekter to establish a new branch of Moderna Museet, the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden. The architects, Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård designed new building spaces within the existing building shell.

The laser-cut museum logo, a work of Robert Rauschenberg based on his handwriting is attached to the facade on the aluminium sheet. Within this new extension, the upper gallery, cafeteria, entrance hall, and reception area are constructed. The ground floor is fully glazed to allow sunlight filtering through the facade as the inner spaces has been reconstructed. The one-time turbine hall transformed into the main gallery of the museum in white. The use of the monochromatic surface perforation in steel has absorbed the element of the previous industrial usage of the building. Its noteworthy color orange-red certainly gives an impression of contemporary aesthetic value within the adjacent old brick buildings in a form of abstraction. Speaking of this bold-extreme color, the architects described it as,

The color also connects to the industrial character of the building, that kind of paint you associate with tools and vehicles, or used to protect steel from rusting…We looked for a color that would relate to the red-orange-brick architecture but at the same time be more abstract.

-excerpt from the book ,Old Buildings New Designs: Architectural Transformations by Charles Bloszies.

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