Marine Education Centre Malmö

Where landscape and building become one in Malmo

With the changing climate, rising oceans and increased severity of cloudbursts, there is a need more than ever to understand the profound influence that marine life and the oceans have on our lives.

​In 2014 NORD Architects won the competition for a new Marine Education Centre in Malmö, Sweden. With a subtle and iconic proposal, the new centre blurs the distinction between architecture and landscape. ​It combines the architecture and landscape; creating an new learning landscape.

The indoor and outdoor spaces merge together under a large roof, encouraging visitors to dive into a multitude of educational activities connected to marine life.

In the learning landscape, users will find floating laboratories on small removable pontoons, teaching signs on the seabed and underwater sea binoculars to name a few. Inside the centre, guests are able to study the buildings technical installations and the role that the architecture plays as part of the areas resource cycle. Water handling, energy consumption and ventilation are all on display and work as a key part of the learning experience. ​

The centre was designed to be highly flexible, allowing the built organisation and allocated functions to adapt over time with the emergence of new technologies and changing needs.

  • Location:

    Malmö, Sweden

  • Client:

    Malmö Municipality

  • Year:


  • Typology:

    Learning facility for marine biology

  • Construction costs:

    22 mill SEK

  • Size:

    700 m2 building, 3000 m2 landscape

  • Collaborators:

    Sweco Malmö, The Oresund Environmental School

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