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Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Reveals Climate Research and Visitor Center in Greenland

Moulded into Greenland‘s UNESCO-protected wilderness, stands Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Ilulissat Icefjord Centre, a research and visitor center that showcases climate change. Fusing with its landscape it offers guests an unprecedented panorama of the Icefjord, and presenting a literal view of the affects of our climate crisis

Ilulissat Icefjord Centre showcases the story of ice and mans symbiotic evolution on the Greenlandic bedrock, the oldest in the world. Made up of 50 rib-frames designed to mimic the rib cage of an animal the building curves gently away almost hovering above the rock, like a giant shield from the bracing ice winds. A summer time lake exists on the lower slope refilled by meltwaters. The whole structure allows visitors to observe the icebergs in the Fjord.

Inside & designed by JAC Studios, is a semi-tactile learning environment showcasing large ice crystals created Ice Fjord blocks which have been 3d scanned and then presented as blown 3d glass sculptures. They illustrate to visitors the ‘life of ice’ from birth to death as well as glacier and its affects on the environment.

The whole site helps to express the gravity of our glaciers on this planet and how they are part of our existence.