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Vrak nominated for building redevelopment award

The museum is thrilled to announce that it has been nominated for the Stockholm Association of Building Contractors’ 2021 ROT Award. An old boat hall from 1941 has undergone a sensitive renovation of the exterior, while its interior spaces have been converted into a modern museum. Soon the public will gain access to a unique building where people can encounter the sea.

The collaboration among the clients, Vrak and the National Maritime and Transport Museums, architectural firm Fahlander Arkitekter and contractor Serneke has proved successful. The museum has now been nominated for the ROT Award (in Swedish, “ROT” stands for “renovations, refurbishments and extensions”), which is given to a redevelopment in Stockholm where the client, architect and building contractor have best made use of the building’s distinctive features and qualities. This year, six projects are competing for the award. The winner will be announced on 24 September 2021.

Why was the museum nominated?

In its nomination statement, the Stockholm Association of Building Contractors stated that it was impressed by the museum’s level of ambition in portraying humankind’s encounter with the sea. The museum has thoughtfully chosen robust materials that fit in with the museum’s maritime theme, such as glass details that allude to the effects of the water, the use of oak and tumbled stone flooring. The technical challenges of the in-situ cast staircase, the roof-light installation, the limited building footprint and a cultural heritage designation also impressed the Association.

About the ROT Award

A jury assesses the nominated projects based on how they make use of the building’s distinctive features, whether it is of high construction quality, and its long-term sustainability with regard to economic, environmental and social factors. St. John’s Church won the award in 2020, and the National Museum in 2019.

History of the museum

The old boat hall on Djurgården, which today houses Vrak – Museum of Wrecks, was designed by architect Paul Hedqvist in 1941. The DN building, Skatteskrapan (“The Tax Scraper”) and Traneberg Bridge are among his works. The boat hall was needed for maintenance and storage of naval ships during World War II.