The new Danish National Maritime Museum is located just north of Copenhagen and 10 km from the famous Louisiana Museum for Modern Art. The new 6,000 m⊃2; museum finds itself in a unique historical context adjacent to one of Denmark’s most important buildings, Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site – known from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is the last addition to Kulturhavn Kronborg, a joint effort involving the renovation of the Castle and two new buildings – offering a variety of culture experiences to residents and visitors to Helsingør.
Bjarke Ingels: “By wrapping the old dock with the museum program we simultaneously preserve the heritage structure while transforming it to a courtyard bringing daylight and air in to the heart of the submerged museum. Turning the dock inside out resolved a big dilemma: Out of respect for Hamlet’s Castle we needed to remain completely invisible and underground – but to be able to attract visitors we needed a strong public presence. Leaving the dock as an urban abyss provides the museum with an interior façade facing the void and at the same time offers the citizens of Helsingør a new public space sunken 8 m below the level of the sea.”
As librarians struggle with the task of redefining their roles in a digital age, many are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores.
Lynnette Kang's insight:
if library collections are shaped largely by popular tastes, the difference between libs and commercial bookstores blurs - thus the danger of creating a 'profit-driven' model at odds with traditional lib mission
In a related Pew study on libraries and the Internet, one librarian told researchers, “I believe public libraries should move away from being ‘houses of knowledge’ and move more towards being ‘houses of access.’ This is what the public is asking for and we are here to serve them.” Beyond the use of technology, many librarians think in terms of access and information being closely linked, and believe that libraries still have a responsibility to both.
Tokyo — In Japan, a second library is set to open that is funded by private bookseller Tsutaya. Is this evidence of turning over a new leaf or should we throw the book at the commercialisation of a public service?
Lynnette Kang's insight:
very bold library-retail collaboration - which works!
Compared with other adults who don’t have minor children at home, parents are more likely to have library cards, visit the library, use the library website, and use mobile devices to connect the library. Indeed, 30% of parents say their patronage of libraries has increased in the past five years and the primary reason they cite for the increase is the presence of a child in their family.