If you ever go adventuring in Denmark’s idyllic islands south of Fyn, remember to keep an eye out for these charming cabins by the sea. Danish firm LUMO Architects recently installed 50 timber shelters in 19 strategic coastal spots throughout Denmark’s South Fyn Archipelago as part of their project, ‘Shelters by the Sea - Blue Landmarks.’ The eye-catching asymmetric cabins offer refuge from the elements while treading lightly on the landscape.
LUMO Architects won the bid to design the 50 shelters as part of a competition in 2014. Strategically located along the coasts and beaches of the South Fyn Archipelago, the Blue Landmarks were created to give the collection of islands a more cohesive identity dedicated to active and outdoor recreation. Each of the 19 locations consists of a single shelter or a group of shelters.
Rather than create 50 unique shelters, LUMO Architects created five different building types, all of which were inspired by old-fashioned livewells, or tanks used by fishermen to keep caught fish alive. The five shelter types include: the Monkfish, a three-story shelter with an integrated bird-watching platform; the Garfish, a six to seven-person overnight shelter that doubles as a classroom; the Lumpfish, a three to five-person overnight shelter with a sauna; the Flounder, a two-person overnight shelter; and the Eelpout, which serves as the lavatory. All five cabin types complement one another, making it easy to create different combinations.
While the functions and sizes vary among structures, all 50 small asymmetrical cabins are clad in large wood chips treated with black-pigmented wood tar oil and are punctuated by porthole-like windows. “The angular and tactile contour allows a rich variety in the shelter design and adds a natural functional flexibility that accommodates everything from an eventful day in harmony with nature to an exceptional night under the stars,” write the architects.
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