National Maritime Museum
Danish National Maritime Museum
Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects has provided the concept and the new museum display for the Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør, Denmark. The architectural design comes from the well-known Danish architectural office BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group). The exhibition spaces are all underground, surrounding a former dry dock.
journey as a metaphor
The metaphor that underpins the multimedia exhibition is that of a journey, which starts with an imagining of the universal yearning to discover far away shores and experience adventures at sea. A lighthouse projects dreamy images of shipping as depicted in art and culture. Portholes that have been transformed into showcases present the image of seamen as it has been shaped through the ages. Objects such as Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male perfume bottle, erotic playsuits, Lego pirate toys, Popeye the Sailor Man, and Donald Duck show how colorful the perception of sailors has been over time.
Denmark’s infamous maritime history, up until the significance of the contemporary shipping industry globally, is being told in a dynamic way, via themes such as ship, harbor, fleet, war, trade and globalisation. The interconnecting layer in the exhibition is the presentation of ‘cargo’. Piles of various goods illustrate the economical significance of the development of the industry, which has also been accompanied by tremendous change for the average consumer. The container, as the main protagonist in the expansion and standardisation of modern shipping, is literally put on a pedestal. A scale model of the world’s largest containership, which will be launched in China in June, has been made especially for the exhibition.
The exhibition has been made accessible to a broad audience through the intertwining of many different perspectives on the shipping industry. Through the eyes of sailors, ship owners, captains and sailors’ wives, visitors are introduced to the temptations of the harbor, life on board, and the skills required at sea. The lucrative business the shipping industry engaged in during the war is also paid attention to.
film and ‘interactives’
Impressive three-dimensional film installations have been used in the depiction of the themes. For these, a lot of original film footage has been unearthed from archives and private collections. Through many ‘interactives’, visitors can learn to trade, navigate and even ink a tattoo.
concept, spatial and graphic design, creative direction: Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects
film: De Aanpak (NL)
light design: Rapenburg Plaza (NL)
realisation: Glascom (NL); Iris Vormgeving (NL); Engelbrecht; Stouenborg (DK); Nielsen & Kromann (DK); Rikke Lange, Leach Colour (UK)
text: Museet for Søfart, Maritime Museum of Denmark
interactives: Cordura (DK)
production lead: Anton Phil, Alexandra Damgaard
architecture: Bjarke Ingels Group
Nominated - German Design Award - 2016
Special Commendation - Luigi Micheletti Award - 2015
Shortlisted - Design Week Awards - 2014
Longlisted - World Interior Awards, cat. Museum or Exhibition Spaces - 2014
Finalist - SBID Awards, cat. Public Space - 2014
Silver, second prize - IDA International Design Awards, cat. Interior Design - Other - 2014
Shortlisted - FX Design Awards, cat. Exhibition Space - 2014
Silver - International Design and Communication Awards, cat. Best Scenography for a Permanent C - 2014