Burmeister & Wain Shipyard History


The Burmeister & Wain shipyard is a former military industrial site in the heart of Copenhagen harbor. It was once Denmark’s largest workplace and, in its heyday, employed more than 10,000 workers. B&W was founded in 1843 and after numerous bankruptcies, the shipyard closed in 1996. Today, Refshaløen is an icon of Danish industrial history. The work that took place on the Template Loft was breathtaking. The ship templates were made in full size, based on the ship drawings. A job that required a lot of space. Today, you can still find the original metal templates and drawings on the ceiling, as decoration on doors and tables.

Links to further history around the B&W era:

Documentary – Men & Metal
Excerpt about the Light Tower / Template ceiling