Icefjord Centre
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    Icefjord Centre

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    Government of Greenland, Qaasuitsup Kommunia & Realdania

At the western coast of Greenland lies the massive glacier Sermeq Kujalleq. For more than 250 years, glaciologists have studied the ancient glacier and its daily production of immense amounts of ice, and it remains an ideal spot for scientific observation of climate change. Dorte Mandrup has designed the new Icefjord Centre in Ilulissat to blend in with the impressive landscape while offering local residents, tourists, and climate researchers the ultimate vantage point from which to absorb the historic atmosphere of the Icefjord. The Icefjord Centre will tell a story of ice, of human history and evolution on both a local and global scale.

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Dorte Mandrup has won the international competition to design The Icefjord Centre in Ilulissat, a city which is located in the UNESCO-protected area on the west coast of Greenland.

The building is designed as an all-encompassing framework – partly inside and partly outside – that embraces all activities. The wooden framework, designed as a truss, bridges the rugged landscape. It floats lightly above it, curving out over the edge of the Sermermiut Valley, offering a spectacular, undisturbed view of the valley and the Icefjord.

The framework of the building is covered by a gently sloping, curved wooden boardwalk that embodies the starting point of the World Heritage Trail and at the same time, acts as a gathering point, viewing platform, and informal seating area. 

The Icefjord area carries 4,000 years of cultural heritage and is essential for a contemporary understanding of climate change.

Icefiord Centre
The Icefjord area carries 4,000 years of cultural heritage and is essential for a contemporary understanding of climate change.
Icefiord Centre
Icefiord Centre
Icefiord Centre