Framing an active outdoors life

Ry, Denmark
800 m2
Winning proposal in project competition in 2000
Completed in 2003
Korbæk & Partnere
Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award
Sletten Ry AART 3

Architecture and landscape melt together in the outdoor centre, Sletten, where roof projections, window facades and materials such as wood and stone pull nature inside the building in order to frame an active outdoors life in close interaction with the natural surroundings.

Inspired by nature

The interaction with the natural surroundings is omnipresent in the outdoor centre. Apart from the roof projections, window facades and overall use of natural materials, the huge fireplace is also characterised by nature and the natural gathering point in the multipurpose room. Despite the almost monumental internal dimensions, the outdoor centre is situated naturally in the highland lake area of Central Jutland, while the window facades offer a panoramic view of the scenic surroundings.

Slettet AART HHM 12 web

Challenging the highland

However, the outdoor centre does not look entirely neutral in its surroundings. With its black-coated wooden facade it draws attention to itself, just as its stringent and geometrical exterior challenges the highland lake area. The sloping roof enhances the feeling of the outdoor centre as to the surroundings, where the forest encircles the green, sloping plain, inviting to play and learning for children and adolescents in the amphitheatre and widespread nature area.

Slettet AART HHM 5
Sletten AART skitser 1
Original sketches, exploring the context and inner spaces of the of the outdoor centre.
Sletten AART skitser 2

Want to know more?

Anders Tyrrestrup
Founding Partner / CINO / Architect MAA / NORDMAK
Aarhus, Stockholm
+45 25 32 32 78