Nyborg Castle

The restoration and extension of Nyborg Castle revitalizes one of Denmark’s most important cultural heritage sites. Once considered the Capital of medieval Denmark, it has experienced many changes over its 800-year life-span. Most recently, over the past century, it has slowly degraded to a point where much of its historic importance has become unrecognizable.

When designing the new visitor center the primary question was: How do you create a contemporary extension that respects the heritage and history, but is also a product of the present?

There has been little documentation, but numerous artifacts support that the primary elements of the castle were the royal wing, the watchtower and the moat. Today, these elements stand alone, but historically, they were unified by a heavy brick wall that formed an impenetrable fortress.

The extension reestablishes the imposing fortification as an extension of the existing. Without plagiarizing or romanticizing history, there is a clear distinction, yet strong relationship between new and old.

Program: Museum, plaza and restauration
Størrelse: +2500
Beliggenhed: Nyborg, Denmark
Bygherre: Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen
År: 2016 -
Type: Invited competition, 1. place
Samarbejde: Cubo, VMB, SJ, Mogens Morgen, Schønherr og Schul
Ydelse: Architectural advisor
Status: Ongoing
Team JAJA: Jan Tanaka, Kathrin Gimmel, Jakob S. Christensen, Nam Nyugen, Giacomo Pizzo, Thilde Bjørkskov, Hannes S. Haak, Ananda Ehret, Jeppe Stubberup, Emil Scharnweber, Sam De Boever, John Christensen m.fl.

THE CENTER OF THE KINGDOM

During the Medieval period, Nyborg Castle and the fortified city were the centers of power. The Danehof, the first Danish Parliament, resided in Nyborg Castle.

THE CENTER OF THE KINGDOM

During the Medieval period, Nyborg Castle and the fortified city were the centers of power. The Danehof, the first Danish Parliament, resided in Nyborg Castle.

TODAY

Over the past 800 years, Nyborg Castle has changed significantly and its historical importance has been altered. The historical tournament plaza has been turned into a parking lot. The once towering watchtower has been shortened. The moat is overgrown. The Royal Wing, although the most impressive relic, does not fully reveal the grandeur of the past.

TODAY

Over the past 800 years, Nyborg Castle has changed significantly and its historical importance has been altered. The historical tournament plaza has been turned into a parking lot. The once towering watchtower has been shortened. The moat is overgrown. The Royal Wing, although the most impressive relic, does not fully reveal the grandeur of the past.

ARCHITECTURAL GESTURE

The historical ring wall was, and remains, the fundamental element that forms the castle. It unites the different sections of the castle and reestablishes the imposing presence it had as a fortification. Rather than rebuilding the ring wall based on its historic location, the reestablishment of the wood and brick wall is based on the program.

ARCHITECTURAL GESTURE

The historical ring wall was, and remains, the fundamental element that forms the castle. It unites the different sections of the castle and reestablishes the imposing presence it had as a fortification. Rather than rebuilding the ring wall based on its historic location, the reestablishment of the wood and brick wall is based on the program.