Climate research facility in Ilulissat
Dorte Mandrup arkitekter 

Climate research facility in Ilulissat

Dorte Mandrup arkitekter 


Located 250 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, this climate research and visitor facility in Ilulissat, on Greenland’s rugged west coast, has opened to the public. The firm of the Danish architect Dorte Mandrup conceived it with a crooked structure and a timber platform on the traversible roof from which to enjoy views out to the icebergs. The curved steel structure, raised over the ground, was designed to minimize impact on the environment. The volume of the Ilulissat Icefjord Centre twists gradually as it extends across the landscape. The resulting form prevents snow from accumulating on top and provides pedestrian access onto the sloping roof.