In November 1990, the then Bornholm County Council, together the Danish Association of Architects, arranged a competition for a public project concerning the placement, design and furnishing of a “Bornholm Art Museum”. The building was to be placed at an acquired site next to the then Hotel Helligdommen, near Rø.
Together with Cowi Consult A/S, the architectural firm Fogh og Følner A/S submitted one of the 187 proposals and won the competition.
The building’s guiding theme is the central main “street” leading from the foyer down to the bottom level, in some places as a stairway. A number of rooms are grouped along the main street: the various exhibition rooms, an auditorium, a café and a museum shop. The old Helligdomskilden spring gurgles along the entire length of the street, in a wedge in the granite.