Wadden Sea Centre, Dorte Mandrup
  • Name

    Wadden Sea Centre

  • Type

    • Landmark

    • Transformation

  • Client

    City of Esbjerg

Around 12 000 years ago, the end of the ice age created the 500 km long coastal area, we now call the Wadden Sea. The area has seen the tide come and go for millions of years, creating the unique marshlands. It is virtually impossible to not be inspired by this rough and ancient scenery, which is why Dorte Mandrup has created a one-of-a-kind building that pays homage to the regional material and traditional craftsmanship of the Wadden Sea. In other words: we’re bringing thatched roof back!

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Located in the southern part of Jutland, Denmark, The Wadden Sea is Denmark’s largest National park and appointed World Heritage by UNESCO.

The building, which was initiated in February 2017, is an interpretation of the local building tradition and the rural farmhouse typology significant in the area.
The centre is erected with thatched roofs and facades. The building hereby underlines the tactile qualities and robustness that can be found in traditional crafts and materials of the region.

”The winning proposal is unique and places focus on the main goal of the Wadden Sea Centre: To create awareness and understanding for the marshland and the Wadden Sea. The architecture is sustainable, visionary and bold and brings forth the Centre as a didactic information centre of the future“, says jury member and leader of the centre, Klaus Melbye.

Head of committee, Mayor Johnny Søttrup, elaborates on the winning scheme:
“Throughout the evaluation of the architectural proposals, it has been of great importance that the architecture is in harmony with the vast, horizontal landscape of the marsh as well as being significant and one of a kind”.

Wadden Sea Centre, Dorte Mandrup
Wadden Sea Centre, Dorte Mandrup
Wadden Sea Centre, Dorte Mandrup
The centre has been erected with thatched roofs and facades. The building hereby underlines the tactile qualities and robustness that can be found in traditional crafts and materials of the region.
Wadden Sea centre