Hospital Street 21-23, Christiansted, St. Croix

Aarhus School of Architecture has worked with the historical complex on Hospital Street 21-23, Christiansted, St. Croix. The vision of this project is
 to raise money to create a school of architecture and crafts on St. Croix as part of the University of the Virgin Islands.

Christiansted is a unique cultural environment, where Danish materials and architecture meets the Caribbean climate and culture and unite in a unique narrative. Sadly, many of the old buildings of the city is in a technically poor condition, not least because of Hurricane Hugo, which in 1989 devastated the city. In the absence of any craft courses on the island, the task of recreating and restoring the buildings is a challenge.

Hope is that this initiative will not only contribute to the restoration of the architectural heritage but also create new relationships and joint initiatives between the US Virgin Islands and Denmark in the future.

In addition to a building survey, the report also unravels the architectural and cultural history of Christiansted and makes a valuation of the complex, which serves to qualify the students’ different proposals for a future architectural transformation of the building complex.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity
to contribute to the project, and will express
our gratitude to the people of St. Croix, which during our three weeks on the island met us with the greatest helpfulness and hospitality.
We also wish to thank the many official people who helped us through the whole process by contributing with knowledge, material and practical help.

On behalf of the Aarhus School of Architecture, Studio Transformation and Architectural Heritage.

To see the full report – open it here.

Method

The purpose of the fieldwork is to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the buildings, site and context, through documenting current conditions and clarifying historic alterations. The methods applied include both digital and analogue measuring, along with a building-archaeological survey.

The analogue measures were the primarily method of work. Analogue drawings were drafted partly on site and partly in the studio. The presented drawings under the tab “view drawings” is a selection of these.

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