AART Architects, Raunstrup and Alectia win Nautical School of the Century competition
In collaboration with the contractor firm Raunstrup and engineering firm Alectia, the Danish studio AART Architects has won the competition Nautical School of the Century for Skagen Skipperskole, which will provide the framework for the future education of skippers and chief officers for the Danish fishing fleet and merchant marine.
Because of its unique location at the historic waterfront of Skagen the building is designed as a ‘hinge' between the city and the harbor, and the openness of the building toward both the city and the harbour is reflected in its sharp sculptural form which in a maritime gesture communicates with the surrounding harbour- and cityscape.
The maritime expression is also emphasised in the distinctive balcony, which like a ship deck embraces the first floor and takes advantage of the magnificent sea view. Likewise, the facades of the building are covered with white glass surfaces thus creating a bright, Nordic expression reflecting the large cruise ship's outstretched, white surfaces.
"As a sculptural ship the building is situated between the city and the sea overlooking the wild forces of nature. In this way the architecture expresses the urge to travel and sense of adventure, which through history has characterised the men and women who chose the sea as their workplace. Therefore we have sought to create an architectural symbol of the proud, maritime traditions," Torben Skovbjerg Larsen, partner in AART Architects, explains.