The granting of UNESCO World Heritage Site status usually heralds preservation, but for the Danish Maritime Museum, it spelled eviction. Ousted from its space inside Helsingør’s Kronborg Castle in order to allow for the restoration of the period interiors as required by the UNESCO nod, the museum moved to a new purpose-built facility in a former dry dock next door. New York– and Copenhagen-based Bjarke Ingels Group’s design for the 77,500-square-foot structure couldn’t protrude above the ground, in order to preserve views of the castle, and complex site conditions in the sunken dry dock itself led to an innovative solution: a series of steel bridges, fabricated from welded box structures, span the tight site and contain the museum’s galleries, auditorium, administration and education spaces, and café. More than 150,000 visitors are expected to tour the facility in its first year.
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Project Danish National Maritime Museum, Helsingør, Denmark
Client Maritime Museums
Architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York and Copenhagen—Bjarke Ingels and David Zahle (partners-in-charge); Annette Jensen, Jeppe Ecklon Karsten, Hammer Hansen, Rasmus Rodam, Rune Hansen, John Pries Jensen, Henrik Kania, Ariel Joy Norback Wallner, Rasmus Pedersen, Dennis Rasmussen, Jan Magasanik, Alina Tamosiunaite, Alysen Hiller, Ana Merino, Andy Yu, Christian Alvarez, Claudio Moretti, Felicia Guldberg, Gül Ertekin, Johan Cool, Jonas Pattern, Kirstine Ragnhild, Malte Kloe, Marc Jay, Maria Mavriku, Masatoshi Oka, Oana Simionescu, Pablo Labra, Peter Rieff, Qianyi Lim, Sara Sosio, Sebastian Latz, Tina Lund Højgaard, Tina Troster, Todd Bennet, Xi Chen, Xing Xiong, Xu Li (team)
Engineer Rambøll i Danmark
Fire Consultant Freddy Madsen Rådgivende Ingeniører
Client Consultant Alectia
Exhibition Design Kossman.dejong
Construction E. Pihl & Søn, Jakon
Technical Installation H. Helbo Hansen
Landscape Architect Anlægsgartner Jens Ravnholt
Size 77,500 square feet