Forest and nature institution

In harmony with nature

Location
Hornslet, Denmark
Size
1,000 sqm
Client
Syddjurs Municipality
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In harmony with nature and the local community

The sustainable Forest and Nature Institution is deisgned in harmony with nature and at eye level with children - with a clear purpose of strengthening the children's well-being, supporting their development and inspiring them to explore and take care of nature.

A new interpretation of the farm motif

Inspired by the scenic surroundings, the nature institution is designed to preserve and enhance the existing rural qualities by interpreting the classic farm motif, which for all ages is an easily recognisable basic motif. The result is a nature institution consisting of two classic longhouses with vaulted saddle roofs that are staggered. With a simple, contemporary expression kept in honest materials, the house thus treats the surroundings respectfully, while at the same time opening up to nature in all directions, so that nature becomes a natural part of the house and vice versa.

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Oriented to the south, the nature institution has an optimal framework for outdoor play and learning.
Architecturally, a very fine and well-proportioned building. There is a nice contrast between the warm wood and the cooler metal in the facades and the roof. The wood in the facades and the terraces almost define small warm caves — an invertation to stay that alines with children’s imaginary world.
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Designed in children's reach

The Forest and Nature Institution is designed for children. It is the children's needs, interests, and prerequisites for optimal well-being that have driven all decisions about disposition, functionality, aestheticts and interior design. The result is a house where it is difficult to fail and easy to succeed, as the house is built to support a play and learning environment that invites an exploratory, questioning, and inclusive approach to children's personal and social development.

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Anne Sofie Buur Okkels
Associated Partner / Team Leader / Architect MAA
Aarhus
aso@aart.dk
+45 41 96 35 15