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  • Skamlingsbanken
  • Skamlingsbanken
  • Skamlingsbanken
  • Skamlingsbanken
  • Skamlingsbanken
  • LOCATION: SJØLUND, KOLDING, DK
  • CLIENT: KOLDING MUNICIPALITY
  • SIZE: 500 m² NEW BUILDING
  • YEAR: 2016-
  • STATUS: ONGOING, COMPETITION, 1ST PRIZE
  • ARCHITECT: CEBRA
  • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: OPLAND
  • EXHIBITION CONCEPT: 2+1 IDEBUREAU
  • ENGINEER: DANSK ENERGIMANAGEMENT & ESBENSEN, DRIAS

The Skamlingsbanken hill in southern Denmark holds a special place in recent Danish history. It has acted as cultural gathering point for the people in the wake of radical political and societal changes, forming a natural stage for the voices of advocates for the Danish language, front-runners of the feminist movement or the celebration of the ending of WWII. The site is located at the highest point of an undulating moraine landscape with spectacular views over the Little Belt strait. CEBRA’s new visitor centre will function as an architectural gateway to Skamlingsbanken’s history and nature that aims at re-establishing this unique historic spot and distinctive landscape as a popular public meeting place.

The centre is designed to become an integrate part of the landscape, where nature and exhibition melt together in an architecture that frames, stages and articulates the natural surroundings, and where the visitor experiences a both contemplative and activating connection to the area and its history. By lifting a single point within the landscape along a linear cut we created a subtle addition to the ice age landscape in the form of a softly curving hill that accommodates the visitor centre, which gathers and communicates a variety of visitor experiences.

It forms a natural starting point for hikes in the area, from where visitors are guided into the landscape or can turn to the exhibition, the café, or the teaching facilities inside the centre. The building accentuates a natural course in the landscape, where a network of paths flows through the centre. In this way, experiences and knowledge are spread continuously from the building and outwards as a series of destinations, which are placed along a varied route within the scenic surroundings.