In the waters of Vejle Fjord lies a modern castle designed by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann with Studio Olafur Eliasson.
Brick by brick the castle is built by craftsmen with the most beautiful tile layout in colour palettes of shady blue, bottle green and reddish and golden clay bricks. The shape and the surface of Fjordenhus allow your eye and mind to wander. A detail. A contrast. A feeling. A thought. The Fjordenhus rises from the water linking to the harbour platform with a light walkway. The ground floor is open all day to the public and it consists of several open spaces with unique artwork by Olafur Eliasson.
Walking on ground floor in Fjordenhus is a quiet and fully spectacular experience. The Water. The light. The air. The silence. The noise. The curved walls give you new perspectives from every spot your eyes wander in the meeting with the outside contour of the landscape to the inside framing.
From the dock side behind the castle, containers are being loaded as they do on a normal day in cargo harbour. A truck is driving steadily with one logo-container at the time. In the not-so-far distance Vejle Bridge appears in the water line. New meets old. And then remixes once again. Fjordenhus is much worth a short or a long visit.
As a building Fjordenhus is a modern life fable. And as an ordinary visitor, it definitely makes me want to become just a slightly better version of myself.
Link to website: https://www.fjordenhus.dk/EN/
Photography and Words by Dea Simonsen