Zaha Hadid is set to open her extension to the Ordrupgaard Museum near Copenhagan in Denmark next week. These images - shown here for the first time in the UK - illustrate how the architect has worked to create a new architectural form for the art museum. While by no means Hadid's largest scheme to date, she claims that the project nonetheless represents a journey of discovery for her practice.
'The growth of Ordrupgaard presented an opportunity to explore new formal relationships between the components of the museum and the garden that frames it, in so far that the ensemble constitutes a kind of topography in itself, ' she said. 'The extension seeks to establish a new landscape within the territory of its architecture, at the same time allowing new relations with the existing conditions, ' Hadid added. The scheme - which has significantly increased the museum's exhibition space - attempts to use this architecture-landscape relationship to create a new experience when looking at art. Hadid has aimed to create an experience of opacity when walking through the extension, so the man-made landscape and the new architecture almost 'blur into one'.