Asy­met­ric Ac­co­mo­da­tions Shel­ters by the sea - Blue Land­marks, South Fyn Ar­chi­pel­ago, Den­mark LUMO Ar­chi­tects, Den­mark

Architecture + Design - - Contents - Project: Shel­ters by the sea- Blue Land­marks, South Fyn Ar­chi­pel­ago, Den­mark Ar­chi­tects: LUMO Ar­chi­tects, Den­mark

Along the south coast from west of Faaborg to the north- east of Svend­borg, around Lan­ge­land and on the islands of Skarø, Drejø, Birkholm and Ærø, it is now pos­si­ble to en­joy na­ture and the great out­doors from a se­ries of ex­clu­sively de­signed shelter con­struc­tions and camp sites.

The project’s 19 unique lo­ca­tions are lo­cated along the coasts in the South Fyn Ar­chi­pel­ago. Each lo­ca­tion is care­fully se­lected ac­cord­ing to the out­door strat­egy for Ar­chi­pel­ago and spread over the four mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of South Fyn, Lan­ge­land, Ærø, Svend­borg and Faaborg- Midt­fyn. The land­marks are built with waivers from the coastal protection zone in close di­a­logue with the Dan­ish Na­ture Agency, Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment.

The land­marks are de­signed to strengthen the

South Fyn Ar­chi­pel­ago pro­file as an area ded­i­cated to ac­tive and var­ied out­door life– achieved by cre­at­ing a se­ries of mul­ti­func­tional fa­cil­i­ties on the beach or in close prox­im­ity to the coast. The lo­ca­tion of each shelter has been care­fully se­lected and adapted to the sur­round­ings, in or­der for it to be perceived as a pre­cise and iconic land­mark that does not dis­tort or in­ter­fere with the site’s par­tic­u­lar qual­i­ties and landscape. They are lo­cated quite close to the coast to ac­com­mo­date both vis­i­tors com­ing from the sea­side as well as those who are on their way out into the waves. The land­marks sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties all year

round, help­ing to chan­nel traf­fic and to by­pass the vul­ner­a­ble nat­u­ral ar­eas and at the same time, they func­tion as ac­tive start­ing points for kayak­ers, an­glers, boaters, divers and underwater hunters, surfers and your ev­ery­day out­door recre­ation.

Each site con­sists of ei­ther an in­di­vid­ual shelter or a smaller group of var­i­ous shel­ters– a to­tal of 50 shel­ters, which alone or in com­bi­na­tion re­in­force the ex­pe­ri­ence of and close prox­im­ity to the coastal ar­eas. The over­all ar­chi­tec­tural con­cept has been to cre­ate five dif­fer­ent build­ing types with great vari­a­tion in both size and func­tion and at the same time main­tain­ing a clear con­tin­u­ous and spa­tial re­la­tion­ship be­tween them. The in­spi­ra­tion for the de­sign of the var­i­ous shelter types orig­i­nates from the old- fash­ioned livewell, where the fish­er­men stored their catch– and from that same source, came the idea for the five shelter type names: Monkfish– with its three lev­els and in­te­grated bird- watch­ing plat­form. The Garfish– a 6- 7 per­son overnight shelter that dou­bles as pic­nic space for school classes. The Lump­fish– a 3- 5 per­son overnight shelter with stay and sauna space.

The Floun­der– a 2- per­son overnight shelter. And fi­nally the Eelpout– which func­tions as the lava­tory. The five unique de­sign types are thought to be com­bi­na­tory and com­ple­ment each other in var­i­ous ways– thus cre­at­ing the land­marks’ ver­sa­tile pos­si­bil­i­ties and rec­og­niz­able frame­work and space for an ac­tive out­door life.

The shel­ters ap­pear as asym­met­ri­cal bod­ies with angled lines and are cov­ered with large wood chips treated with black- pig­mented wood tar oil. Round shaped openings en­sure the look- out to the sur­round­ing na­ture and the sky. The lu­nar or­bit across the night sky and the ever- chang­ing weather and na­ture can be ob­served through the round openings in the shel­ters’ bod­ies. The an­gu­lar and tac­tile con­tour al­lows a rich va­ri­ety in the shelter de­sign and adds a nat­u­ral func­tional flexibilit­y that ac­com­mo­dates ev­ery­thing from an event­ful day in har­mony with na­ture to an ex­cep­tional night un­der the stars.

This project has won first prize in 2014 in a com­pe­ti­tion

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