Aalborghus Castle. C.F. Møller

Aalborghus Castle

The vision for the future development and expansion of Aalborghus Castle transforms the historic area of Aalborg Midtby into a new, open and active district, which can communicate the city's history and ties the waterfront and the city centre closer together.
 Aalborghus Castle. C.F. Møller


Aalborg Kommune Sundheds- og Kulturforvaltningen


Aalborg, Denmark




C.F. Møller Architects

Aalborghus Slot is a historic building with a unique location in the middle of the city of Aalborg and along the waterfront. It lies like a green oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. The castle courtyard, the castle park, the waterfront and a gate, that opens towards Nytorv, are bound together by a main axis.

The connection is an axis of knowledge where one can learn about the history of Aalborg, for example, by visiting the Northern Jutland Historical Museum and some parts of the Aalborg City Archives. The Archives occupy the existing castle buildings, as well as new buildings that are placed underground, on the periphery and as an extension of the east wing. The green park surrounding the castle provides ample space for experiences and activities or larger gatherings such as market days, outdoor cinema and international matches on the big screen.

Recognisable partner

The edge of the park is made up of a peripheral building that opens onto the park with shops, workshops, active workplaces, art galleries, public open-air exhibitions and open living facades. The transition from the waterfront to the castle is clearly marked in the cityscape. This is achieved by creating a marking in the pavement across the street so that both motorists and pedestrians become aware of the connection. The transition can be made in Corten steel, which extends the waterfront materials towards the castle, the park and the transition from Nytorv. In this way, Aalborghus Castle becomes an active and recognisable partner in city life.

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