Neues Schifffahrtsmuseum. C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller

Neues Schifffahrtsmuseum

In January 2007, the Danish Maritime Museum in Helsingør announced an architectural competition for a new maritime museum of more than 4,000 m2, to be located in an eight-metre deep dry dock in the former Helsingør Shipyard.
 Neues Schifffahrtsmuseum. C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller


Handels- und Schifffahrtsmuseum, Helsingør


Helsingør, Danmark


4.000 m²




C.F. Møller Architects

  • 2. Preis im Architektenwettbewerb. 2007

In C.F. Møller's proposal, the museum is located like an item of furniture down in the capacious dry dock. This 'furniture' forms a figure which is both open and closed. The figure winds diagonally down through the entire dock, presenting a varied spatial sequence: spaces which are narrow and broad, tall and low, small and large.

The museum achieves visibility and identity thanks to a large movable roof surface which stretches the entire length of the dock. This surface can be folded up and down in interplay with its surroundings, cracking like ice floes, forming gaps for skylights, and partly revealing that something is going on in the depths below.

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