At the waterfront in Aalborg you will find an amazing masterpiece, designed by Jørn Utzon. In the art- and knowledge center, named Utzon Center, you will meet architecture, design, art and communication.
A significant source of inspiration for Jørn Utzon has been his experiences with building ships as a young man in Aalborg. His father, Aage Utzon, was an engineer on the shipyard in town and also an internationally recognized boat designer. Especially known was “spidsgatteren”, which excelled with its speed and prominent curves.
It was Jørn Utzon's close cooperation with his father concerning the development of boats and the daily inspection of ship hulls at the dry dock at Aalborg Værft, which later gave him the idiom and the required confidence to realize the enormous boat-like roof constructions on the Opera house in Sydney. His genius work with this particular build gives him - along with other works - an increasing international recognition.
With the increasing interest for Utzon's work, it seems only appropriate that the Utzon Center is built at the waterfront of his home town: Aalborg, amid the maritime environment, which inspired his early development. It was the deep wish of Jørn Utzon that the Utzon Center was not made into a museum, but instead became an active and dynamic center for architecture, design and art. It is therefore quite natural that the center was established in connection with the Institute for Architecture and Design at Aalborg University. In line with Jørn Utzon's humanistic approach to architecture, the Utzon Center is not constructed as a monumental building, but as a series of minor pavilions built around a limited courtyard, so you have the opportunity to be sheltered from the fjord wind, which Jørn Utzon remembers from his childhood.