Formed at the end of the ice age 12,000 years ago, the Wadden Sea is a 500-kilometer long coastal area in southern Jutland where marshland and history meet. On the designated UNESCO world heritage site that is Denmark’s largest national park, Danish architect Dorte Mandrup has designed the ‘Wadden Sea Centre’.
In a project description, Mandrup’s firm notes that it is “virtually impossible not to be inspired by this ancient natural scenery”, which is why they determined to design “a one of a kind building that pays homage to the regional material and traditional craftsmanship of the Wadden Sea.” The education center they have created references regional vernacular in both form and construction, drawing upon the layout of traditional farmhouses and utilizing locally sourced materials in construction. The education center is “sculptural and embedded into the environment”, Mandrup explains. Its organic form designed to appear “as though it has emerged from the ground”. The photographs featured were captured by Italian visual artist Aldo Amoretti, whose lens has perfectly framed the undulating form of the center.
“It is virtually impossible not to be inspired by this ancient natural scenery”