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  7. Danish National Maritime Museum / BIG

Danish National Maritime Museum / BIG

  • 00:00 - 21 October, 2013
Danish National Maritime Museum / BIG
Danish National Maritime Museum / BIG, © Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    3000 Helsingor, Denmark
  • Architect in Charge

    Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle
  • Project Leader

    David Zahle
  • Desing Team

    John Pries Jensen, Henrik Kania, Ariel Joy Norback Wallner, Rasmus Pedersen, Annette Jensen, Dennis Rasmussen, Jan Magasanik, Jeppe Ecklon, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Rasmus Rodam, Rune Hansen, Alina Tamosiunaite, Alysen Hiller, Ana Merino, Andy Yu, Christian Alvarez, Claudio Moretti, Felicia Guldberg, Gül Ertekin, Johan Cool, Jonas Mønster, 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
  • Area

    17500.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

From the architect. The Danish Maritime Museum had to find its place in a unique historic and spatial context; between one of Denmark’s most important and famous buildings and a new, ambitious cultural centre. This is the context in which the museum has proven itself with an understanding of the character of the region and especially the Kronborg Castle. Like a subterranean museum in a dry dock.

© Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

Leaving the 60 year old dock walls untouched, the galleries are placed below ground and arranged in a continuous loop around the dry dock walls - making the dock the centerpiece of the exhibition - an open, outdoor area where visitors experience the scale of ship building.

© Luca Santiago Mora
© Luca Santiago Mora

A series of three double-level bridges span the dry dock, serving both as an urban connection, as well as providing visitors with short-cuts to different sections of the museum. The harbor bridge closes off the dock while serving as harbor promenade; the museum’s auditorium serves as a bridge connecting the adjacent Culture Yard with the Kronborg Castle; and the sloping zig-zag bridge navigates visitors to the main entrance. This bridge unites the old and new as the visitors descend into the museum space overlooking the majestic surroundings above and below ground. The long and noble history of the Danish Maritime unfolds in a continuous motion within and around the dock, 7 meters (23 ft.) below the ground. All floors - connecting exhibition spaces with the auditorium, classroom, offices, café and the dock floor within the museum - slope gently creating exciting and sculptural spaces.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
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K.Smith · March 10, 2015

Does anyone have information on the HVAC system, including anyone who's been there and seen the types of vents they're using? Any information would be great. Thanks!

Mike · February 04, 2014

Been there several times. It is fantastic !!! A must see. And it is next to Kronborg Castle, so a perfect combined trip.

breath ? · January 24, 2014


chris bouey · October 25, 2013

Very successful and eloquent project. Great to see BIG show restraint.

Diet · October 22, 2013

i liked the renderings more ;)

Me · October 22, 2013 05:59 PM

If you go there you'll love it


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