Everything ship shape

Built on an ever-increasing slope to give the feeling of being on a swaying ship’s deck, the AV installation at Europe’s newest maritime museum threw up numerous challenges. Nial Anderson sees how integrator Stouenborg handled the project.

Two years shy of its 100th anniversary The Danish Maritime Museum has moved from its historical home in Kronborg Castle near Elsinore to a new, purpose-built base. The attraction is located in a specially constructed underground area surrounding an old dry dock that boasts 82,000 sq ft of exhibitions, theatres, interactive installations and games.

The building project itself was quite an amazing task. After the water was removed and the area had been excavated the docks started to float away, so more than 1,000 anchors had to be sunk around 40m into the ground to hold the dock in place.

The museum itself features paintings, photographs, libraries and exhibits that cover the history of shipping in Denmark from around 1400 to the present day. The move into a new premises was an opportunity to re-imagine how to tell the story of Denmark’s shipping industry – the seventh biggest in the world and one which 10% of the world’s goods are carried by.

In the summer of 2012 Danish integrator Stouenborg was invited to take part in a workshop with a Dutch design company that had been tasked with designing the new museum. Five months later Anders Jørgensen, a partner in Stouenborg, found a project tender for the museum waiting in his email inbox.

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