Herning Museum of Contemporary Art by Steven Holl Architects

Herning and the textile industry share a long and interwoven relationship, and the nearby Angli shirt factory – a paragon of 1960s architecture famous for its iconic shirt-collar form – was a leading inspiration for the shirt-sleeves shape of the new museum, known rather charmingly as HEART (HErning/ART). The softly folded curving roofs are even made from a stress skin of carbon fibre strands within a resin matrix: a fabric – of sorts – in itself. The museum ties together a three-piece suit of cultural institutions – the Herning Center of the Arts, the MidWest Ensemble, and the Socle du Monde – in a united, innovative forum.