Ilulissat Icefjord Centre Steel Structure
Modeling of an object waving in various surfaces
The building is located on the west coast of Greenland (250km north of the Arctic Circle). Its shape corresponds with the amazing landscape of glaciers. The load-bearing system is formed by steel frames, whose shape changes continuously from triangular to rectangular, finally reaching a triangular shape again.
Modeling of an object waving in various surfaces was a challenge. As a result, a building of approximately 1,500m2 was created, with 50 individual frames.
The building is a leisure and exhibition center and in the unique nature area, which was included on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. This is a place where tourists have the opportunity to witness the world’s most active calving glaciers at close range. This process is inseparably linked to the world’s climate change. According to Greenland’s tourist strategy, the building is one of five planned visitor centers presenting the natural and cultural heritage of the region.