“A building that should address our own fragility.”
Meet the renowned Danish architect Dorte Mandrup and her latest signature building right by the Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland – one of the places in the world where climate change is most visible. “The Icefjord Centre is created in wood to be as sustainable as possible but also to create a contrast to the millions of years of the bedrock. It’s a small building with great symbolic meaning.”
“It’s a building from a different era”, reflects Dorte Mandrup. “The Greenlandic bedrock is one of the oldest in the world. The Icefjord Centre soars like a boomerang or a snowy owl over the landscape. We created a place with overhangs towards the west and east, so you can find shelter in the arctic landscape. It creates its own landscape, its own place as a roof that becomes a hill or a public space or a gate between the town of Ilulissat and the vast landscape.”
Studies in sculpture, ceramics, and medicine have influenced Dorte Mandrup’s approach to architecture, which has always been ‘hands-on’. Shape and form constitute her company’s ethos – to create aesthetically pleasing spaces, are contextually relevant, and invite people to engage.