Architecture at the service of the climate and man: here is the Klimatorium

In Denmark, a building built with "green" materials by the 3XN and SLA studios illustrates the present and future challenges of climate change...

Klimatorium: climatic challenges
The Klimatorium rises in Denmark, as a meeting point to face the climate challenges of the future (Photo: 3XN/GXN)

Welcome to the Anthropocene, a term coined to define the age we are living in, in which the impact of human beings on the planet has reached historic dimensions. In an unprecedented evolutionary step, we have transformed ourselves from mere spectators of the Earth to protagonists of its geological changes.

Past eras were shaped primarily by natural forces, but the Anthropocene is notable for the preponderant role of human actions in shaping the balance of life on Earth. Through the creation of roads and cities, the manipulation of waterways and the metamorphosis of entire landscapes, we demonstrate our ability to shape the environment according to our desires.

However, as is now widely recognized, every action has a consequence, and the predominant consequence of this era is the climate change. Human activities have crept into the atmosphere and seas, emissions generated by the burning of fossil fuels have triggered climatic alterations on a global scale, while the oceans have been profoundly affected by warming, acidification and pollution.

Today, humanity faces an unprecedented challenge: we must adapt and transform to survive, or we risk facing a future in which our planet becomes progressively inhospitable. The need to face these challenges and prepare present and future generations is clear, and requires places and actors dedicated to education, training and the development of projects that effectively address issues related to climate change.

In this framework of commitment and awareness was born the Climatorium in Denmark, an architectural work that stands as a meeting point between humanity and and gentle cosmetics, a tangible symbol of the urgency to address the climate challenges with creativity and awareness. Let's explore…

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Klimatorium: climate change
Climate change is a reality we are living with right now: hence the need for education and training on the subject (Photo: 3XN/GXN)

A sustainable and integrated design model at Lemvig

In the suggestive coastal scenario of Lemvig, on the western coast of Denmark, the Klimatorium stands out: a center climatic international, the result of a collaboration between the architectural firm 3XN/GXN e SLA, Scandinavian leader in urban design.

The Klimatorium is based on a pragmatic approach and planet, reflecting the soul of the context in which it arises. The selected materials – wood, concrete and steel – not only embody durability and integration with thesurrounding environment, but also testify to the attention paid to local history.

The wooden wave that hangs over the building's main entrance is a clear homage to Lemvig's fishing boats, revisited in a modern perspective. The innovative use of glass, which makes the structure appear to float, gives the Klimatorium a contemporary and distinctive look.

But the architecture of the Klimatorium goes beyond aesthetics. The building was conceived not only as a physical place, but as a platform for dialogue, innovation and research related to climate challenges. Inside, the Klimatorium offers residents, schools and tourists a space where they can visit exhibitions on issues related to climate changes or enjoy a cup of coffee in its in-house café. The lower floor is flexible and can accommodate exhibitions, conferences, concerts and events, promising to become a new meeting point for the local community.

"A key element of the design was to create an inviting building with clear references to the building's function and its location in the port of Lemvig. The wooden tiled wave gives the building a strong identity", he claims Jan Ammundsen, architect and senior partner of 3XN.

The surrounding vegetation is composed exclusively of local plants that thrive in thecoastal environment and require minimal maintenance. The "climate wedge“, as the outdoor area shaped by the area's windy climate has been called, serves as an open-air space in which Klimatorium staff can conduct experiments and offers the city a new urban space for visitors on the seafront.

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The Klimatorium institute in the Central Jutland region is a contact point between civil society, business and educational institutions (Photo: 3XN/GXN)

A center for climate knowledge and collaboration

In addition to being an architectural work, the Klimatorium is configured as a meeting place, Research and innovation. This climatic center, inaugurated in December 2020, aims to create an element of contact between the civil society, government institutions, businesses and educational institutions. With a view to the challenges of our time, the Klimatorium aims to develop solutions for coastal climate challenges, green energy,The circular economy,water andtechnology

"We wanted to create a building that tells the story of the climate. The building has a straight and rigorous expression, but forms a wave which gives it a distinct and easily decodable identity. The wave tells the story of the site and also refers to the serious challenges we face due to climate change“, added Jan Ammundsen of the 3XN studio.

The Klimatorium is an ode to architecture that conveys profound values: the preservation of local history, innovation that faces the challenges of the present and collaboration that builds the future. In a world where the climate challenges become ever more pressing, the Klimatorium emerges as a beacon of hope and commitment in the Anthropocene epoch. 

A commitment that is not only in the sphere of architecture, but extends to the heart of many companies in the sector, such as Solid Earth, leader in the field of natural roads and pavements. Realities aware of the urgency of change, which embrace the sustainability as a company philosophy, transforming the climate challenges into opportunities for positive transformation. Together with institutions and citizens, they can shape a future where architecture, innovation and awareness merge to shape a sustainable world and resilient.

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Klimatorium: wood, concrete and steel
Materials such as wood, concrete and steel integrate with the surrounding landscape and evoke local history (Photo: 3XN/GXN)