white arkitekter: kosterhavet visitor centre
white arkitekter: kosterhavet visitor centre white arkitekter: kosterhavet visitor centre
nov 03, 2009

white arkitekter: kosterhavet visitor centre

kosterhavet visitor centre image courtesy white arkitekter




kosterhavet’s national park was inaugurated in september 2009 as sweden’s first marine national park. white arkitekter won the competition for a new visitor centre with its ‘mareld’ (sea-fire) proposal. sea-fire is the sea’s own light and the building, which opens up towards the water, is enriched by reflections on the water’s surface. the effect is a light show of the sea, an artificial sea-fire.

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side view of kosterhavet visitor centre image courtesy white arkitekter




the visitor centre is a completely self-sufficient site with renewable energy created by sun and heat from the water, with natural ventilation and desalinated seawater to produce drinking water.

interior image courtesy white arkitekter

image courtesy white arkitekter

image courtesy white arkitekter

image courtesy white arkitekter




the structure and façade mainly consists of wood. all components have been screened not to contain hazardous substances. separate analyses were carried out to discover  the effect of water flows, marine environmental consequences, the existence of protected species and the effect on the cultural environment. the area is also at risk for earthquakes, floods and rockslides, which were taken into consideration in the planning phase.

image courtesy white arkitekter

interior image courtesy white arkitekter

interior image courtesy white arkitekter

interior image courtesy white arkitekter

plan image courtesy white arkitekter



project credits:


name: kosterhavet visitor centre client: county administrative board of the county of västra götaland / national environment protection board project start/end: 2006-2009 completion: 2011 size/area: about 800 sqm BTA


architecture: mattias lind and ulla antonsson, head of project, agne revellé, pär andreasson, björn bondesson, mathias nilsson, krister nilsson urban planning: gunnar stomrud, head of project, sara-louise bergkvist lighting: torbjörn eliasson landscaping: lisbeth andersson environmental management: anna graaf, peter ylmén environmental consequence description: anna graaf, head of project, asa hallén, anders danielsson visualization: björn bondesson

  • it looks very warm and comfort. Would like to know the project cost compare normal building. I assum this would be higher. But long term useage would be lower. I don’t know if its’ right?

    stanleyinteior says:
  • chill out dog cost efficient isnt always better

    Jkriz says:

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