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AART architects designed the extension of Musholm located at the Danish coastline and recognized as the world’s most accessible sports and holiday resort for people with disabilities
Supported by the biggest charitable foundations in Denmark, AART architects together with the Danish muscular dystrophy foundation has extended the resort by designing a multi-purpose hall and 24 holiday homes. In the project, AART architects also have collaborated with Karin Bendixen, Keinicke & Overgaard Architects, UrbanLAB, MOE and D & N to set new standards for accessible architecture.
The extension brings to life our vision of enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities on the basis of making room for differences. We bring new kinds of experiences to Musholm – including by challenging the traditional approach to accessible architecture. Instead of erasing differences, we make space for a range of experiences, giving any visitor regardless of handicap the opportunity to engage in physical activities and extend their own boundaries,
– explains Anders Tyrrestrup, partner at AART architects
The multi-purpose hall is an example of how AART architects have integrated accessibility as a creative element to inspire and challenge users. Based on close dialogue with current and future users, the Danish practice has created such novel ideas as a 100 metre ‘experience ramp’, that winds its way around the hall, offering a wealth of activity zones and culminating in a viewing room from where Musholm’s location overlooking the sea and scenic landscape is revealed.
The multi-purpose hall is located at the heart of the resort, while the new holiday homes are located in its periphery. Designed as a circular building, the holiday homes adapt to the landscape and existing buildings and at the same time, the circular gesture provides shelter in the open landscape and accentuates a sense of community.
The interaction with the scenic surroundings is underlined by the consistent use of wood. For instance, the facades on the hall and holiday homes are covered with larch wood, while the floors, walls and ceiling in the hall are covered with ash wood.
Location: Korsør, Denmark
Area: 3,200 sqm
Program: Multi-purpose hall and 24 holiday homes for people with disabilities
Architects: AART architects (main architect) and Keinicke & Overgaard Architects
Photographs: Kirstine Mengel, Jens Markus Lindhe