LUMO architects scatters asymmetric nature shelters along the danish archipelago
LUMO architects scatters asymmetric nature shelters along the danish archipelago LUMO architects scatters asymmetric nature shelters along the danish archipelago
nov 20, 2015

LUMO architects scatters asymmetric nature shelters along the danish archipelago

LUMO architects scatters asymmetric nature shelters along the danish archipelago
all image by lumo architects and jesper balleby




along the coast of denmark in the south fyn archipelago, there are islands  known for their pristine and nature-abundant landscape. offering visitors an opportunity to be immersed in the rural outdoors, aarhus-based firm LUMO architects have created a series of shelter constructions and campsites along the islands of skarø, drejø, birkholm and ærø.


scattered over 19 locations, the distinctive ‘blue landmark’ retreats appear as asymmetrical bodies with angled lines. clad with large wood chips treated with black-pigmented wood tar oil, the randomly displaced openings look-out and frame the surrounding nature and at night, the lunar orbit across the night sky can be observed.





five different volumes have been established, each varying in size and function, while maintaining a consistent spatial relationship. the asymmetric forms are reminiscent of the various shelter types originating from the traditional huts used by fishermen to store their catch, and thus, influencing the names of each one: ‘monkfish’ – containing 3 levels and integrated bird-watching platform; ‘garfish’ – a 6-7 person overnight shelter that doubles as picnic space for school classes; ‘lumpfish’ – a 3-5 person overnight shelter with stay and sauna space; the ‘flounder’ – a 2 person overnight shelter; and finally the ‘eelpout’ – which functions as the lavatory.

the asymmetric forms are reminiscent of a traditional structure used by fishermen to store their catch




the project not only attracts visitors to the south fyn archipelago profile, but also enhances the area as a place dedicated to active and diverse outdoor life. simultaneously, it addresses the context, allowing it to become a precise and recognized coastal landmark that will inherently blend with the scenery and offer people with a glorious sense of isolation.

sporting the same material palette, there are five different sized constructions named after different types of fish

based in denmark, the shelters are scattered along the islands of skarø, drejø, birkholm and ærø

the 19 blue landmarks are located quite close to the coast to accommodate visitors coming from the seaside

LUMO-architects-shelters-by-the-sea-denmark-designboom-02the body is covered with large wood chips and treated with black-pigmented wood tar oil

LUMO-architects-shelters-by-the-sea-denmark-designboom-02circular windows frame the sky and scenery

LUMO-architects-shelters-by-the-sea-denmark-designboom-02the ever-changing weather and nature can be observed through the round openings in the shelters’ bodies

they function as active starting points for kayakers, anglers, boaters, divers and surfers

LUMO-architects-shelters-by-the-sea-denmark-designboom-02the interiors are clad in timber and have been left minimal

the structures have been made to naturally blend with its context


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