Architecture highlights climate change with astonishing iceberg views in Arctic Circle

One of the most harsh and dramatic landscapes on the planet, the Arctic Circle is the focus of a recent architectural wonder in Greenland, designed to highlight the effects of climate change.

The Kangiata Illorsua – Ilulissat Icefjord Centre, designed by Dorte Mandrup, sits on the edge of the UNESCO-protected Greenland wilderness.

The centre overlooks the Kangia Icefjord, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, and was designed to blend effortlessly into the landscape. It offers a unique vantage point from which to experience the astonishing Icefjord and understand the dramatic consequences of climate change on the landscape.

Described by founder and creative director, Dorte Mandrup as “a snowy owl’s flight through the landscape”, the aerodynamic, the building has a light structure, so it appears to levitate over the magnificent, rugged terrain – “like an outstretched wing gently touching the bedrock”.

The shape frames the views towards the fjord while preventing snow build-up and creating a shelter from the snow and freezing winds. Read More 

 Landscape Architecture 

Colleen Hawkes