Glacial World Heritage more accessible

The Edge in Ilulissat, Greenland by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

The fjord landscape of Ilulissat is one of Greenland’s biggest tourist attractions and a UN World Heritage site. A new visitor centre is intended to stimulate tourism and make it easier for people to experience the spectacular but not readily accessible natural scenery where the Sermeq Kullajek glacier runs out into the sea. The winding roof of the narrow building slopes towards the ground and marks the start of a walking trail that leads visitors out into the World Heritage site. But it also offers a raised platform for those who want to take in the natural beauty there and then. Under the roof there will be an exhibition all about the unique environment. The design is by Danish architectural firm Dorte Mandrup. The building currently only exists as a digital rendering as yet, so the practice is remaining tight-lipped about the structure of the building at the moment. They also don’t want to say which wood they intend to use. The building will be completed in 2020 and is expected to receive 25,000 visitors per year.


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