International Volvo Photo Locations Part 176
The M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark (Danish: M/S Museet for Søfart), operated by a private foundation since 1915, was for the first 97 years located at Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark. Its collections cover Danish trade and shipping from 1400 to the present day. In 2013, the museum moved into new underground premises designed by Bjarke Ingels around a former dry dock.
A new museum designed by Bjarke Ingels Group opened in October 2013. Located in a former Helsingør dry dock, it is placed in an underground area of 7,600 square metres with an interior designed by Dutch architects Kossmann Dejong. Equipped with teaching facilities, workshops and a café, the museum also hosts conferences and cultural events.
Ingels’ decision to build underground was the result of height restrictions imposed on the design in order to safeguard views of nearby Kronborg. The old dry dock, 150 metres long, 25 metres wide and 9 metres deep, proved to be an ideal location but it was first necessary to reinforce the old dock walls before constructing the museum on its periphery. The dock itself will remain an empty space crossed by ramps and bridges providing access to the museum and the exhibition areas. The overall intention is to give the museum the feel of a ship’s deck. The competition jury welcomed the proposal, believing it would create a world-class maritime museum for Denmark. Financed by 11 foundations, construction work began in September 2008 and the museum finally was opened on 5 October 2013.
The surrounding area also features street furniture arranged to reflect Morse code through the use of dots and dashes, with the work being carried out by design studio Kibisi.