On the edge of the coastline, next to the Great Belt between Funen and Zealand, lies one of the most accessible holiday, sports and conference centres in Denmark. Musholm Bay Holiday Centre is about to expand, with extensions designed by Danish architectural practice AART architects, to give people with disabilities a better opportunity to challenge themselves physically while having a good time with family and friends.
Pushing the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to accessible architecture, AART architects has designed a multi-purpose sports hall and 21 holiday flats comprising 3200 square metres. The multi-purpose sports hall is located at the heart of the centre, while the flats are located around its periphery.
To create a dynamic, fully accessible layout for the centre, the activities spread in ever-widening circles from the sports hall to the flats. In addition to pushing the potential of accessible architecture, the sports hall and the flats also offer panoramic views of the bay and the scenic surroundings.
The multi-purpose sports hall includes an activity ramp, which offers a wide range of platforms and activity spots, including a climbing wall for wheelchair users. The accessible sports hall provides all visitors the opportunity to challenge themselves physically.
According to the architects, the expansion strengthens Musholm Bay Holiday Centre’s reputation as a place that sets new standards for accessible architecture and invites people with disabilities to play sports, participate in activities and create new friendships. In this way, the architects believe that the expansion not only enhances the centre’s architectural quality and atmosphere but also raises the bar for accessible architecture by providing all visitors the opportunity to enjoy an active, physically challenging holiday.
‘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 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 his or her own boundaries’, says Anders Tyrrestrup, partner at AART architects.
From the beginning, Musholm Bay Holiday Centre has focused on people with disabilities and has shown interest in not using architecture and interior decoration that resembles classic institutions. Design and functionality meld together so guests, whether they are handicapped or not, can have a pleasant, eventful stay at the centre.
Furthermore, the centre is a registered social economic company that has sworn an oath to reinvest a portion of its profits in creating opportunities for holiday and leisure activities for disabled people. Any surplus would therefore be used to support and develop activities.