Øm Museum of Monastic Life
Ry, Denmark 2018
HERITAGE MUSEUM - COMMISSION
Øm Museum of Monastic Life explores the museum as a complex where site and collection is in synergy with nature. The ruin of the medieval monastery is in a magnificent natural setting overlooking the Mossø lake. The Øm Monastery Museum consists of a ruin forming a part of a cultural landscape created by the monks together with a collection of skeletons and artefacts from the excavation of the monastery.
Our outset is to maintain the ruin and the collection together, whilst respecting the natural values of the place. The museum is therefore envisioned as a series of buildings telling the story of the monks’ daily life through interventions and experiences in nature. The main exhibition building interprets the original monastery church in volume and with its tall pointed arch structures. An academy for research with a courtyard for larger works is placed on the edge of the forest. A viewing platform in the treetops allows visitors to understand the wider cultural landscape and a winter garden structure allows research of the relic plants from the monastery time.
Collaborators: SLA, Cultural Projects