Danish firms Erik Møller Arkitekter and Transform have begun modernizing the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark. The design team will restore the modernist masterpiece, designed in 1957 by Alvar Aalto in collaboration with Elissa Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël, while converting the basement into 6,400 square feet of exhibition space. Kunsten is the only museum designed by Aalto outside his native Finland.
“We want to maintain Aalto and Baruël’s architectural vision for the building, both inside and out,” Trine Neble of Erik Møller Arkitekter said in a statement. “That means that all surfaces and details will be retained or recycled, wherever possible. The minimal extension will leave the listed building as it was originally conceived.”
The white marble structure was designed in an airy, organic style with specific attention paid to light and space flow. Original elements to be preserved include custom-designed copper Aalto lights. The restoration, which also will include new facilities for children, is scheduled for completion in fall 2015.