Our friends from CEBRA have shared their new Information Center for Rebild Hills and Rold Forest, a winning competition entry in collaboration with HP Byg, Viggo Madsen and exhibition architect Elisabeth Topsøe. Situated in the amazing nature reserves of Denmark’s Rebild Hills and Rold Forest in northern Jutland, the project was conceptualized as an open and accommodating buiding that serves as a gathering place to inform, guide and inspire the 400,000+ visitors who are guided through the forests each year. “We have created an information portal, which is both building and nature, with a distinctive expression and character deriving directly from Nature’s own formal language and elements, which makes the building stand out from its surroundings and blend in with nature’s scenery at one and the same time,” explained CEBRA.
More about the project, including lots of CEBRA’s awesome hand drawings, after the break.
The building is crafted as a sculptural structure of raw cut timber, drawing upon the similarities of “a forest’s opening and closing when one moves through it and looks upwards through the branches’ chaotic network of crossing lines.”
The building’s materiality creates an experience much like a ‘walk in the forest’, complete with the scent of wood and nature, which sets the mood for the visit to the forest and hills.
“The building’s distinct characteristic – the ‘graphic’ strength of the timber’s structure and the visual reference to trees and branches – acts as a matrix for logos, communication elements, media, guiding landscape elements etc., in order to create an appearance and a guiding concept, which tie landscape, building and user experience together in consecutive story,” added CEBRA.
Name: Infoportal Rebildbakker & Roldskov
Client: Rebild Municipality & Realdania
Location: Rebild, DK
Year: 2012 – ongoing
Purpose: Information center & museum
Size: 10.760 sq. ft.
Budget: DKK 12.7 mio.
Prize: 1. prize in competition
Service: Lead consultancy services
Energy class: Standard 2015
Collaboration: developers HP Byg, engineers Viggo Madsen, exhibition architect Elisabeth Topsøe