Dorte Mandrup transformed Wadden Sea Centre in Ribe, an information centre about life in the Wadden Sea and the life cycle of migratory birds.
Around 12,000 years ago, the end of the ice age created a 500 km long coastal area we now call the Wadden Sea. The area has seen the tide come and go for millions of years, creating the unique marshlands. It is virtually impossible not to be inspired by this ancient natural scenery, which is why Dorte Mandrup has created a one-of-a-kind building that pays homage to the regional material and traditional craftsmanship of the Wadden Sea.
Even at first glance the Wadden Sea Centre gives the impression of a building that has emerged from the ground, drawing a soft, long and clear profile against the infinite horizon. With a thatched roof and facades, the Wadden Sea Centre provides the area’s many visitors with a humble yet significant starting point for their visit.
After eighteen months of intense work to convert and expand the original building, the new exhibition centre has now been finished and comprises of 2,800 square meters for exhibition and communication activities. Through large glass panels a number of the rooms are fully integrated with the outdoor exhibition area as well as with the surrounding landscape.