A Museum in a Hole

A Museum in a Hole

The BBC just recently chose the Maritime Museum in Helsingør as one of the eight greatest new museums in the world, which we think is pretty good considering the museum is in a hole.

World renowned Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group broke all the rules, when bidding to design the new Maritime Museum. Despite the brief stating that the new building should be sited above an old dry dock, they decided to place it inside the dock instead. Their design has won a RIBA Award, and has the smart distinction that it does not compete with the neighbouring World Heritage-listed Kronborg Castle – perhaps better known as the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Elsinore. A series of bollards and benches mark out the museum’s edge, spelling out its name in Morse code, and sleek glass contrasts with the weathered concrete of the old dock.

A fantastic example once again of a creative remix of old and new, that successfully brings the past into the present.

A Museum in a Hole