The vision of the North Atlantic House in Odense was to create a cultural centre at Odense Harbour. A building reflecting the identity and community of the north atlantic countries. As the first building on Byens Ø, it will be a generator for the future city development.
The building is made up from a collection of volumes with different functions, inspired by the traditional nordic ‘bygd’ – settlement. The same goes with the building materials and the placing of the buildings in the landscape. The building is percived as a small bygd with few expressive houses on a landscape plateau. The square in front of the buildings is part of this landscape plateau and contains a few select element chosen for their longevity and beauty.
An elevated wood and concrete terrace with built in furniture leads to the southern entrance. From the terrace a few steps lead to a concrete surface meeting a band of cobblestone.
Between the terrace and the cobblestone stretch is an area with gravel and pine trees. The wooden deck creates a area for stay, and the materials of the space is a reference to the Nordic landscape with pine forests and mountains.