Asymmetric Nature Shelters Along The Danish Archipelago

Along the coast of Denmark in the South Fyn archipelago, there are islands known for their pristine and nature-abundant landscape. Offering visitors an opportunity to be immersed in the rural outdoors, Aarhus-based firm LUMO architects have created a series of shelter constructions and campsites along the islands of Skarø, Drejø, Birkholm and Ærø. Scattered over 19 locations, the distinctive ‘blue landmark’ retreats appear as asymmetrical bodies with angled lines. Clad with large wood chips treated with black-pigmented wood tar oil, the randomly displaced openings look-out and frame the surrounding nature and at night, the lunar orbit across the night sky can be observed. Five different volumes have been established, each varying in size and function, while maintaining a consistent spatial relationship. The asymmetric forms are reminiscent of the various shelter types originating from the traditional huts used by fishermen to store their catch, and thus, influencing the names of each one: ‘Monkfish’ – containing 3 levels and integrated bird-watching platform; ‘Garfish’ – a 6-7 person overnight shelter that doubles as picnic space for school classes; ‘Lumpfish’ – a 3-5 person overnight shelter with stay and sauna space; the ‘Flounder’ – a 2 person overnight shelter; and finally the ‘Eelpout’ – which functions as the lavatory.