MVRDV and COBE break ground on Danish Rock Museum in Roskilde

30 June 2014 (Last Updated June 30th, 2014 18:30)

Danish architects MVRDV and COBE have broken ground on the new Danish Rock Museum (DRM) in the country.

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Danish architects MVRDV and COBE have broken ground on the new Danish Rock Museum (DRM) in the country.

The DRM is part of the Roskilde ROCKmagneten; a music district that will comprise three new structures and a refurbished factory.

The three new structures include the Danish Rock Museum, the Roskilde Festival Folk Music School and student housing, and the headquarters of the annual Roskilde Rock Festival.

The five-floor DRM building will sit on a 3,100m² area located between the old industrial halls that previously housed a concrete factory.

The building will feature a 20m cantilever over the main entrance, an outer façade of anodized gold aluminum pyramids, large exhibition hall, flexible auditorium, café, museum shop, administration offices and a lobby.

"The combination of gold and red velvet embodies the glamorous side of rock music."

Additionally, the museum will be equipped with interactive production rooms, exhibition facilities, recording studio, library and research facilities.

MVRDV co-founder and principal architect Jacob van Rijs said they translated the aesthetics of rock music into an architectural experience.

"The exuberant metal façade, for example, gives a new meaning to the use of metal-stud in architecture. The combination of gold and red velvet embodies the glamorous side of rock music," van Rijs said.

The foyer will not only provide access to the museum but to the whole ROCKmagneten and can also be used as an outdoor concert stage.

MVRDV and COBE won the competition for the DRM's design in 2011.

COBE creative director and owner Dan Stubbergaard said the Danish Rock Museum is a building that is both the epitome of Musicon and at the same time a breath of fresh air in the neighbourhood.

"It will be a dramatic and iconic building, which sits upon and between the old characterful factory structure," Stubbergaard said.

The DRM team also consists of Wessberg engineering, Norconsult fire safety and LIWplanning landscape architects.


Image: The Danish Rock Museum foyer can also be used as an outdoor concert stage. Photo: courtesy of MVRDV.