Designed by the renowned Danish architecture practice BIG the museum is located under an old dry dock. During your visit, you will follow a linear route where the spaces change in height and width and take a different perspective at each turn. For the museum concept and exhibition design, we retained the quality of this spatial experience. As such the exhibition is a linear experience without partitions, and we left all the walls empty.
Museet for Søfart, Helsingør (DK)
The exhibition is a journey that begins with the universal longing for faraway lands and adventures at sea. A lighthouse projects dreamy footage of seafaring from the viewpoint of art and culture. Portholes have been converted into showcases. You can see the biased perceptions of sailors through objects such as the Le Male perfume bottle by Jean Paul Gaultier, erotic costumes, Lego pirate toys, Popeye the Sailor Man, and Donald Duck.
The glorious maritime history of Denmark is explained through themes such as shipping, ports, fleets, war, trade, and globalization. It is put into context of the contemporary shipping industry worldwide. The connecting element in the exhibition is the concept of cargo. Stacks of goods illustrate the economic importance of the development of the shipping industry, also for the everyday consumer. The container, which led to economies of scale and standardization in shipping, is literally placed on a pedestal.
“Especially for the exhibition, we made a scale model of the world’s largest container ship, which was to be launched in China in the same year as the opening of the museum.”
Designer at KDJ
Learn new skills at one of the many ‘interactives’. Impressive three-dimensional film installations illustrate the different themes. Original footage from archives and private collections was unearthed for this purpose.
By interweaving many different perspectives on shipping, the exhibition appeals to a wide audience. You get an insight into the temptations of the port, life onboard and the skills needed at sea from the perspective of sailors, shipowners, captains and seamen’s wives. The lucrative role of shipping in times of war is also discussed.
German Design Award 2016
Luigi Micheletti Award 2015
Design Week Awards 2014
World Interior Awards 2014
Museum/Exhibition Spaces, Longlisted
SBID Awards 2014
Public Space, finalist
International Design Awards 2014
Interior Design / Other, silver winner
FX Design Awards 2014
Exhibition Space, shortlisted
International Design and Communication Awards 2014
Best Scenography, silver winner