NORD Architects has released designs for a new Marine Education Centre in Malmö, Sweden. The Copenhagen-based practice, awarded the commission through an invited competition, hopes to “blur the distinction between architecture and landscape” with a facility that helps users gain a “deeper understanding of marine life.”
“With the changing climate, rising oceans and increased severity of cloudbursts, there is a need more than ever to understand the profound influence that marine life and the oceans have on our lives”, says Johannes Molander Pedersen, partner at NORD Architects.
The proposal merges indoor and outdoor spaces under a single, large roof to create an engaging learning landscape centered around marine life. Featured programs will include “floating laboratories on small removable pontoons, teaching signs on the seabed and underwater sea binoculars.” Further contributing to the learning experience, the building’s water handling, energy consumption and ventilation functions will also be placed on display.
“We have developed a learning landscape where education is everywhere. It is in the landscape, in the building and in the transition between nature and culture. The centre is open for everyone who is interested in the role we as humans play in nature’s life cycle. It allows a hands on learning experience that invites users to explore using their senses in the field, and thereafter analyze and understand their observations of the marine life”, says Johannes Molander Pedersen.
Completion is slated for 2016.
CompetitionMarine Education Centre
External ConsultantThe Øresund Environment School, City of Copenhagen
Secondary AdvisorGrontmij Malmo