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Kosterhavet Development by White Arkitekter in Sweden

Kosterhavet Visitor Center – design by White arkitekter

27 Nov 2009

Kosterhavet Visitor Centre

Design: White arkitekter

Kosterhavet Marine National Park

An energy self-sufficient visitor centre located on an island protected for its unique archipelago and marine life in Sweden’s first Marine National Park.

Kosterhavet Visitor Centre

The visitor centre consists of three buildings which seem to hover over the surface. The buildings consist of a timber construction, all covered with glass to make it possible for very close contact with the marine life.

The area is protected by the EU directive Natura 2000 and the surroundings have high cultural and archaeological value. High environmental targets were thus established for the buildings. The building materials are primarily renewable and recyclable, without any hazardous substances. The buildings are Carbon-neutral and self sufficient through renewable energy use. Crucial elements pertaining to its self-sufficiency include heat that is generated from a sea water heating pump, electricity that is produced from solar cells, desalinated drinking sea-water and natural ventilation.

Kosterhavet Development – Building Information

Client: County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland & Swedish National Environmental Protection Agency
Size: 800 m² GFA
Visualisation: Björn Bondesson, White arkitekter

Kosterhavet Marine National Park is centred around the Koster Islands, near Strömstad and the Swedish border with Norway.

Kosterhavet Visitor Centre image / information from White arkitekter

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