Antiquity Now

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

Displays of artworks and antiquities reimagined to create a dramatic visitor experience

Gallery Design

We worked on a design for the Glyptotek in Copenhagen, for the redisplay of their antiquities collection over two floors.

It felt important to embrace the Glyptotek’s role as a public space. Now, more than ever, we yearn for spaces that we share, that feel welcoming, that broaden our horizons and inspire us. Building on Jacobsen’s original vision for the museum as a sensory, recreational and aesthetic space, a temple of art formed to enrich lives, our proposal enhances the Glyptotek as a public space – a Garden for Everyone.

The beauty of the Glyptotek establishes the basis for this shared garden and within it, their collections enable us to proclaim that this is a place for all of society. Within these spaces, the sensory experience of sculpture comes first, but is supported by a multi-layered framework that creates experiences and conveys stories that will make ancient sculptures speak to us today.

Across the collections, we find universal themes that speak of shared human experiences. They have the power to touch us all, regardless of cultural differences, geographic location or period of time. We proposed to bring these out along the central axis through a series of artworks that will act as a catalyst for visitors to see and understand the collections in a new light as they explore the museum.

We created a route through from the street into the heart of the collection. As a loose rule, we paired both contemporary and antique works to encourage visitors to see that we share many of our ancestors’ hopes, dreams and challenges.

In the Bel Étage, our design aimed to celebrate the architecture and the artworks through a sensory display of light and thoughtful object placement. By creating clear vistas and connecting objects and stories through spaces, we show the interconnectedness of cultures and humans through time. We have designed a changing palette of materials, plinths and spatial arrangements that are symbiotic with the stories and themes the visitor encounters on their journey, shifting intuitively through the different spaces in a way that will be understood subconsciously.

On Level One our design embraced the opportunity presented by these lower level spaces to provide a more immersive, theatrical experience, introducing intense moments of digital and sound to transport us to another time and place. We have suggested that the corner rooms are daylit and calm, providing moments of interlude on the journey where the visitor returns to the present and reflects on our understanding of people and places from the past.


Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek




Gallery Design, Exhibition Design, Wayfinding, Graphic Design


Lighting Designer: Studio ZNA
Digital Designer: FRAY Studio
Contractor: Spekta