Dorte Mandrup's Arctic whale watching facility will "grow out of the landscape" - architecture and design

Dorte Mandrup's Arctic whale watching facility will "grow out of the landscape"



Dorte Mandrup has released visuals of The Whale, a viewpoint for whale watching that will resemble a giant rock outcrop within the Arctic Circle on the northern coast of Norway.
The Whale has been designed by Danish studio Dorte Mandrup to blend in with coastal landscape near the town Andenes, which is one of the world's best places to observe whales.
It is the winning design of an international competition, which hopes to "create awareness and inspire learning and conservation of whales and their environment" in Norway ? one of three countries in the world that allows commercial hunting of minke whales.

"Located this far north, Andřya is a unique place and The Whale an extraordinary project," said the studio's founder and creative director, Dorte Mandrup. "Not only will we be creating architecture in yet another remarkable landscape, but we will also take part in increasing the understanding of whales and preservation of marine life," she added.
"Right here on the edge of the ocean, we will be making a mark in a magnificent and ancient landscape. This opportunity comes with a great responsibility, which is extremely motivating and inspiring."

Once complete, The Whale will have a panoramic viewpoint on its giant curving rooftop, which is intended to appear as though a giant has lifted up the earth's crust.
The roof will be covered with stones that will patina with age and encourage the growth of moss, helping the building to blend ...
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