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Arken - The Island of Art

SLA’s proposal for the new landscape around Arken – The Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj -  is a contemporary version of the romantic garden where the encounter between culture and nature becomes the leading experience. The architecture of Arken is highlighted by creating a distinctive, elliptical island in a surrounding lagoon with a natural, wild and diverse landscape of white sand dunes with lyme grasses, flowering bushes, shrubs, herbs and pine trees.

By placing a selection of Arken’s sculptures outside in the open countryside, Arken expands from being a closed building to being a complete museum island: An island of art. 


Service Landscape design
Location Ishøj, Danmark
Type Competition
Client  ARKEN - Museum of Modern Art
Design periode 2012
Area 180.000 m2
Partners DHI, Alectia

The Island of Art recreates the museum’s original waterside location in a sensuous, natural and cultural landscape.