A story about nature - in dialogue with the place
Nature is the source of inspiration for the architectural concept. The vision has been to create an environmentally sustainable building that fits into the surrounding landscape, and allows nature to tell its own story.
The GeoCenter is gently incorporated into the natural landscape and rests as a wing, which has landed at the top of the cliff in a clearing in the forest. To respect the vegetation and scale of the landscape, the entire exhibition area has been dug into the existing hillside, so that the volume visible above the terrain appears harmonious and light.
The restaurant has expansive glazed walls that face towards the view over the cliff top and Baltic Sea, whilst the exhibition area, which portrays the geographic history of the area, is underground in a cave-like space with limited natural daylight.
The many natural materials used in the building provide a good indoor climate, together with being environmentally friendly and easy to maintain. They also reflect the “raw” elements found naturally in the cliffs and forest.
The passive design features of the building, such as orientation to the sun, form and materials contribute to reducing the energy consumption of the facility. The restaurant and entry hall are naturally ventilated with an advanced automatic system that adjusts to weather conditions. At the same time, the underground exhibition areas only use LED-lighting, which was a first for Denmark.
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