Competition, 4th Prize
Geological museum and cinema
Laust Sørensen, Michael Droob, Ebbe Lykke & Chris Thompson
There has been mined calcium limestone in the quarry since the early 1200's. The limestone is approx. 63 million years old and rich in fossils.
Historically Faxe city has turned its back at the industry in the quarry. The industrial retirement in the quarry opens a possibility to turn to a unique landscape and make it an active part of the city. The quarry could now be used as a recreational area. The house will include a natural history museum, two theaters and a cafe.
In the new cultural hub two conditions meets; the city that forms a monumental roof containing cafe and cinemas, while the exhibition with its terraced landscape under the roof, has clear references to the quarry. From Faxe city the building provides a gateway to the future cultural landscape with an unobstructed view of the quarry. From the quarry the building with its horizontality and simple form emphasizes the magnificent landscape.
The new building is positioned on the edge between the town and the quarry,
these are historically is divided.
The house is placed on 2 large supporting parts consisting of the 2 cinemas
and forms the gateway between the city and the quarry.
The geological museum is excavated from the edge
and refers directly to the landscape it stands on the edge of.
The Edge is a meeting, a meeting between urban and industrial landscape,
and a meeting between people.
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