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Architects

BIG
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, Gl Ertekin, Johan Cool, Jonas Mnster, Kirstine Ragnhild, Malte Kloe, Marc Jay, Maria
Mavriku, Masatoshi Oka, Oana Simionescu, Pablo Labra, Peter Rieff, Qianyi Lim, Sara Sosio, Sebastian
Latz, Tina Lund Hjgaard, Tina Troster, Todd Bennet, Xi Chen, Xing Xiong, Xu Li
Area
17500.0 sqm
Project Year
2013
Photographs
Rasmus Hjortshj, Thijs Wolzak, Luca Santiago Mora
Manufacturers
Jeldwen, thyssenkrupp

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Rasmus Hjortshj
From the architect. The Danish Maritime Museum had to find its place in a unique historic and spatial
context; between one of Denmarks 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.

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Rasmus
Hjortshj
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.

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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 museums 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, caf and the
dock floor within the museum - slope gently creating exciting and sculptural spaces.
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