The siting and concept of the Geocenter, an exhibition and visitors' center situated on a bluff above stunning chalk cliffs on the Danish island of Møn, evokes the dynamic geological forces which created this natural attraction. The building is itself conceived as a landscape in the form of a partially submerged "sloping bridge", which emerges from the Danish underground as a messenger from primordial time, revealing the chalk's deepest secrets. Visitors are provided with a sense of powerful tectonic forces.
By gently sloping the structure, functional and experiential advantages are achieved. The axis of the Geocenter is oriented perpendicular to the ridge line, forming both the spatial and psychological threshold to the cliffs. Exhibition spaces are appropriately located underground at the low end of the tilted building volume. From these spaces, visitors may ascend into crystalline glass monitors for light and views over the landscape. The lobby, bookstore, and cafeteria are configured within the high end of the building, affording visitors dramatic views over the sea.
In collaboration with Interstice Architects