CEBRA Architects has won the competition to design the Skamlingsbanken Visitor Center near Sjølund in Southern Denmark. At 113 meters above sea level, Skamlingsbanken is the highest point in South Jutland and historically has been an important meeting place, serving as the backdrop for some of Denmark's key historical public speeches. The new visitor center is posited as a way to restore this historic importance, and once again make Skamlingsbanken a local meeting place.
The center features an earth berm and green roof, blending into the rolling landscape. Inside, the building will feature a cafe and teaching center, alongside a permanent exhibition based around the concept of "Nature and voices that unify." The exhibition will offer visitors the chance to listen to "voices of advocates for the Danish language, front-runners of the feminist movement and the atmosphere of victory after the ending of WWII," explains CEBRA in a press release.
“In our proposal, the center becomes an integrated part of the landscape,” said Carsten Primdahl, architect and founding partner at CEBRA, in a press release. “Landscape and exhibition melt together in an architecture that frames, stages and articulates the natural surroundings, and where the visitor experiences a both contemplative and sensuous connection to the area and its history.”
In addition to its educational functions, the center will also serve as a "gateway to the landscape," acting as the starting point for a variety of hiking routes. These routes will also feature a series of new destinations which transmit information about the historic landscape surrounding Skamlingsbanken.
LocationGl Skamlingvej, 6093 Sjølund, Denmark
Exhibition concept2+1 Idébureau
EngineerDansk Energi Management & Esbensen og DRIAS Rådgivende Ingeniører
PhotographsCourtesy of CEBRA Architects