Esbjerg Maritime Center wins two prestigious awards in back-to-back triumphs

The new Esbjerg Maritime Center, designed by Snøhetta and Danish architect firm WERK, opened earlier this year. This week, the new maritime center secured two distinguished awards in quick succession.

On Tuesday, it was named the winner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities's (IAKS) International Architectural Competition under the category Specialized Facilities for sports, leisure, and recreation. The award ceremony took place in Cologne, Germany, and the competition saw a total of 88 entries from 22 different countries.

The following day, the maritime center won the Danish Wood Award 2023. This award, regarded as Denmark's oldest and most esteemed architectural prize, was a testament to the center's commitment to excellence in a fiercely competitive field that included five other finalist projects.

These accolades reflect Esbjerg municipality, WERK, and Snøhetta's dedication to pushing the boundaries of architectural design and its commitment to creating spaces that inspire and cater to the community's diverse needs. 

The Esbjerg Maritime Center's success serves as a source of pride for the institution and the local community it serves.

Congratulations to the whole Esbjerg Maritime Center team on these well-deserved accolades!

Click here to see the IOC, IPC, and IAKS Architecture Prize jury's presentation of the project.

Read more about the Danish Wood Award here.

Photos by: Wichmann+Bendtsen Photography and WERK