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Denmark opens Viking fort visitor centre contest

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The Danish Architects’ Association has launched a design competition for a £7.5 million visitor centre next to the ancient Trelleborg Viking fort at Slagelse

Open to architects, landscape architects and engineers – the contest seeks proposals for a 2,500m² exhibition venue telling the ‘fascinating story of Viking warriors and the times they lived in.’

Featuring classrooms and workshops, the structure will replace an existing 1990s building near the late tenth century Viking ring castle (pictured) which once housed 1,300 people.

The new centre is expected to be ‘built from the inside out’, drawing on historical andarchaeological knowledge to influence its architecture and construction. Landscaping will also be required.

According to the brief: ‘The centre will house a new exhibition on Viking warriors, life in a military ring castle and fortifications during the Viking Age.

‘The building and exhibition must support each other and give visitors a powerful and unforgettable experience.’

Five shortlisted teams will receive around £17,000 each to draw up designs during the competition’s second stage.

The winner – set to be announced in October – will receive the building commission or a £17,000 prize should the project fail to win funding. The competition language is Danish.

The deadline for applications is 12noon local time on 29 May.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Bent Kolind, konkurrencerådgiver, arkitekt MAA
Strandgade 27A
1401 København K

Email: bk@arkitektforeningen.dk




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