Besøgscenter Hammershus Bornholm, Danish Visitor Centre Building on a Baltic island, Architect, Project

Besøgscenter Hammershus

Baltic Sea Visitor Centre Building in Denmark – design by Arkitema Architects & Professor Christoffer Harlang

18 Jan 2019
Mies van der Rohe Award Shortlist 2019

This building is one of the 40 shortlisted works:

EU Mies Award Shortlist 2019

Besøgscenter Hammershus Bornholm
photo ©Jens Lindhe

Besøgscenter Hammershus Bornholm Denmark
photo ©Jens Lindhe

29 Nov 2018

Visitor Centre Hammershus Bornholm by Arkitema is a Day One Winner at these International Architectural Awards

The winners of the ‘Display – Completed Buildings’ category: celebrating the largest castle ruin in Northern Europe, located on the tiny Baltic island of Bornholm, the centre’s designs were hailed by judges as a real “Gesamtkunstwerk – a total complete project.”

World Architecture Festival Awards 2018

30 Jun 2018
Visitor Centre Hammershus Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards

Besøgscenter Hammershus Bornholm is one of 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries:

World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 Shortlist

28 Nov 2013

Besøgscenter Hammershus Bornholm

Design: Arkitema Architects

Location: Allinge, Denmark

Arkitema wins the prestigious competition for the new “Visitor Centre Hammershus” at Bornholm, Denmark

How do you design a modern visitor centre to one of the most important ancient monuments in Denmark? Arkitema found the answer by looking at the site! The winning proposal is a building that shows deep respect for the ancient monument and for the location. A discreet visitor centre of high architectural quality will be established. In a team with engineering firm, Buro Happold, and professor, Christopher Harlang, Arkitema have just been appointed as winners of the competition.

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A much-coveted competition

The new visitor centre will cost 45 million DKK. It includes an exhibition, a café and educational rooms and will serve approximately 500,000 annual visitors. A total of 53 architectural firms wanted to be in the architectural competition, six teams were then picked out and Arkitema is now elected the eventual winner.

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A visitor centre integrated in the landscape

“Our proposal subordinates to the nature and allows Hammershus to be the main attraction. At the same time we exploit the location to create full focus on Hammershus from the visitor centre. From the ruin the new visitor centre will appear as a contribution to the landscape – an integrated part of nature. A worthy addition,” says partner and architect at Arkitema, Poul Schülein.

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More specifically the roof of the building is incorporated in the terrain, where it continues the public footpaths in the area. In that way it establishes a scenic platform with a stunning view to the ruin. The roof establish a public space, which gives something back to the place by being available to the visitors both summer and winter, day and night – a welcoming cultural imprint in the landscape.

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Materials that emphasize the environment

“We have designed a simple house with an elongated shape that is carefully sited in the terrain, and where the roof is an important factor. At the same time the materials used in the house are taken from the surroundings – simple wooden materials and concrete. The concrete consists of rock-granulate from the cliff that we dig out to make room for the building. We have designed a building that in its form and materials upholds and stages its historical context,” Poul Schülein concludes.

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Towards the cliff, the practical functions in the house are placed and to the opposite side the house opens up with large windows facing the stunning view of Hammershus, the landscape and the sea.

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The other teams in the competition were Vandkunsten, KHR, Julien De Smedt, Cubo and Entasis.

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The visitor centre will be opened in the spring of 2016.

Visitor Centre Hammershus – Building Information

Address: Hammershus, Bornholm, Denmark
Year: 2013 (competition year)
Size : 1,355 m²
Client: Danish Forest and Nature Agency
Architect: Arkitema
Landscape : Arkitema
Engineer: Buro Happold
Other: Professor Christopher Harlang
Awards: 1 prize in an invited EU competition 2013

Besøgscenter Hammershus Bornholm images / information from Arkitema Architects

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Location: Hammershus, Bornholm, Denmark, northern Europe

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