REGIONAL POTENTIAL: Coastal Maintenance Facility
Fracture reveals architecture. How can deterioration become a part of the architectural process?
Waste along the northwestern Jutland coastline is produced by maritime traffic in the North Sea, drift along the Atlantic jet stream and recreational use of beaches. There is no infrastructure present at beaches to accommodate the amount of waste along the protected coastline. I propose a facility where the public, the state, and private entities can collect and deposit recyclable containers found along the shore. This facility is not a waste disposal plant, it is meant to accommodate moderate amounts of recyclable litter while not becoming an environmental hazard. It is a place for education and a catalyst for engaging the local communities and recreational visitors with the fragile sand dune environment, which is so heavily protected. Located in a protected zone along the western coast of Thisted County between Nørre Vorupør and Hanstholm recycling facilities, the Coastal Maintenance Facility is remote enough as not to disturb historically significant coastal communities nearby. The structure replaces an existing trail between Torupvej and the coastline. Visitors are able to collect recyclable items along the shore and deposit them in the facility for potential re-use and/or removal to the planned Thisted recycle and burn facility.
Regional Potential, Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, the Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, DK, 2006