Danish architecture studio BIG has completed an underground maritime museum that loops around an old dry dock in Helsingør, Denmark
Rather than filling the empty dock, BIG chose to repurpose it as a public courtyard at the centre of the new museum, then added a series of bridges that cut into the 60 year old walls.
In this case Kronborg castle’s view doesn’t interrupted by this building.
From a distance the museum is almost invisible. Suddenly, one encounters the abbys of an old concrete dry dock, traversed by glass and aluminium-clad bridges and stairs, arranged as a dramatic multi angular composition.
“By wrapping the old dock with the museum program we simultaneously preserve the heritage structure, while transforming it to a courtyard bringing daylight and air in to the heart of the submerged museum,” said Bjarke Ingels, the founding partner of BIG.