Arken's architecture unfolds as a narrative.
The recurrent narrative of the museum is the ship. Outside as well as inside, fragments of parts and elements of a ship create a maritme atmosphere. Like on a real ship all construction are visible. Even the few recurring ornaments - the bolt and the nut - have been copied from maritime architecture.
Arken's shape, however, is not that of a complete ship. In fact, it looks more like a ship split open. But placed in the maritime surroundings, the building resembles a ship, standed only few metres from sea.