White Arkitekter has recently completed the Naturum Vattrenriket Visitors Center in the small, scenic town of Kristianstad. Built on the banks of the Helge River, the Swedish town is surrounded by wetlands and nature reserves… so it’s not too surprising that their new visitors center houses exhibits about the surrounding ecosystems. (Red-listed species indigenous to the area include the odd-sounding corncrake along with the great raft spider, which sounds a bit more menacing.)
While digging around the internets, I found this video taken around the town, the visitors center and moving along the elevated wooden bridges, over the water, and toward the later part, wandering around the dioramas, giant globes and shallow tanks that populate the interior of the building. It’s an entirely pleasant project filled with daylight and clad in graying timber. It’s also one of the tallest things around, affording visitors uncommon vistas of their habitat, which might look a little bleak in winter, but when it’s that cold out you don’t have to worry about the great raft spiders lurking underneath those long wooden bridges.