The Icefjord Center is a an undulating wooden structure designed to offer spectacular views of a famous glacier in Greenland's Sermermiut Valley. Conceived by Danish studio Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, the building bridges the landscape while replicating the feeling of hiking across a fjord. When it opens, the center will provide space for residents, researchers and tourists to learn about climate change.
The Icefjord Center consists of wooden framework, designed as a truss, that bridges across the landscape. The building is scheduled to be built on a UNESCO-protected site in Greenland, and it will present 4000 years of cultural heritage and knowledge on the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier which scientists have been studying for centuries. MIR and Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter beat out renowned architectural firms and designers, including Snøhetta, Olafur Eliasson, and Kengo Kuma and Associates, to win the proposal.
Dorte Mandrup’s proposal was lauded by the jury for its poetic qualities and simplicity. Its framework is covered by a gently sloping wooden boardwalk that functions as the starting point of the World Heritage Trail. Reminiscent of a hilltop, the volume allows visitors to move across its roof, and overlook the route before descending onto the trail. Gathering points and informal seating areas are created along the length of the volume, offering undisturbed views of the icefiord.
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