Under the patronage of
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II

Your rainbow panorama

The world-famous Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson, has created Your rainbow panorama and it was official opened in May 2011 on top of ARoS. 

Your rainbow panorama is a permanent work of art consisting of a circular, 150-metre-long and three metre-wide circular walkway in glass in all the colours of the spectrum. Mounted on slender columns 3.5 metres above the roof and with a diameter of 52 metres, this spectacular creation extends from one edge to the other of the facade of the cubic museum building.

A Walk for the Senses

There are both stairs and elevator to provide visitors to the museum with access to Your rainbow panorama. Then they can stroll through the circular, panoramic walkway providing a fantastic view of the city and the bay, a view in all the colours of the rainbow.

Beneath the ‘floating’ work of art, the actual roof surface of c. 1500 square metres is covered with sturdy timber making the surface into a unique recreational area and a viewing platform for visitors to the museum some fifty metres about street level.  There is full access to both the roof terrace and to Olafur Eliasson’s creation.

The following words are taken from the artist’s own description of his work:

“Your rainbow panorama establishes a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what was already there, that is to say the view across the city. I have created a space that can almost be said to erase the boundary between inside and outside – a place where you become a little uncertain as to whether you have stepped into a work of art or into part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me, as it encourages people to think and sense beyond the limits within which they are accustomed to function.” 

Opening of the Roof Pavilion in 2013

November 2013 ARoS celebrated the opening of the new Roof Pavilion on the museum’s roof terrace.

The 310 square metre Roof Pavilion is situated on the west side of the art museum’s huge roof terrace. Among other things, the roof pavilion with a stunning view includes an information centre, Sky Room, and the exclusive Sunset Lounge, where Olafur Eliasson’s work Your condensation, 2013, is installed. The roof pavilion will provide visitors with direct access from the museum to Your rainbow panorama and will contain facilities both for visitors to the museum and for vocational guests.

The roof pavilion is designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects against the background of Olafur Eliasson’s sketches.  schmidt hammer lassen architects were similarly advisors on the building of Your rainbow panorama and were the architects responsible for the ARoS building.