The architecture of Glyptoteket is truly unique. Three pre-eminent figures within Danish architecture have made their mark on the museum.
One museum – many mansions
Vilhelm Dahlerup (1836-1907) designed the first building, inaugurated in 1897 which today houses Danish and French Sculpture and Danish Golden Age among other exhibitions. The three wing building is designed in a historicist style, inspired by the Venetian Renaissance. The interior is richly decorated with painted ceilings, mosaic floors, marble columns and friezes in relief along the walls.
Dahlerup is also the architect behind the Winter Garden from 1906. That year also saw the inauguration of architect Hack Kampmann’s (1856-1920) building for the museum’s collection of antiquities, Greek and Roman Sculpture and Egypt. The four-winged building has the colonnaded Central Hall as its center. Here the style is more classical and the south-facing façade is crowned with a step pyramid.
The most recent addition to Glyptoteket from 1996 was designed by architect Henning Larsen (1925-2013). This modern, climate-controlled building exhibits French Painting in three floors and has a rooftop terrace with a panorama of Copenhagen. Larsen was inspired by both ancient Egyptian building and the small Mediterranean mountain villages.
2006 saw the opening of The Ancient Mediterranean – an extensive exhibition area that introduces visitors to ancient cultures and the early empires of the Middle East.