The warmth of wood
“There is a lot of wood, giving the space warmth,” he says. On the ground floor, there are glass facades and doors to help create a welcoming feel. “The lower ground is transparent, whereas the first floor is heavier, if you like. There’s this connection to the waterfront and a fantastic view towards the water and that has been key for the design. The building is a straightforward box. But by creating this exterior seating, we have this sheltered, protected social area.” The project’s not only about visual communication but also getting across the idea of what’s happening here in terms of climate change research and getting the message across to the public.
Closeness to the water
The climate emergency and the environmental consequences such as flooding are a matter of grave concern around the world. Ammundsen believes the Klimatorium contributes to solving these challenges by facilitating collaboration: “While rising sea levels are part of our reality, the Klimatorium, as well as the research that will be carried out within it, demonstrates that together we can find solutions and continue living in close proximity to the sea.”
The seating element and internal public spaces, as well as the transparency of the ground floor, give it a real feeling of openness; emphasising the importance of bringing people together to tackle climate change issues. He adds finally, “It is my hope that the city of Lemvig and the people who live there will take away new experiences from visiting the Klimatorium.”