Lake Tåkern, Sweden
Client: Länstyrelsen, Östergötland
Like a solid block cut from the reeds.
The thatched building is actually folded to form an outdoor room open to the birds and the sky above. The folds generate forms that are at home in their natural surroundings.
The Lake Tåkern Bird Sanctuary, with its enormous wetland, is a kind of paradise – and not just for the birds, but also for those who come to enjoy the wealth that nature has to offer. The opportunity of planning a visitor center – a naturum – at here began with an invited competition in 2007. A small portion of the lake’s reeds are cut every year in the early spring, and the 2011 harvest from Väversunda farm was used to clad the building – some 36 million reeds in all. The steep pitch of the roofs gives the thatching an estimated lifespan of more then fifty years. A meandering path up to the tower makes all of us, regardless of our mobility, become aware of the life that is also thriving up in the trees.