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On The Edge

Fakse (Denmark), 2005


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Fakse Kalkbrud, Denmark

Ebbe Lykke, POINT arkitekter

Chris Thompson


Competition, 4th place

Geological museum and cinema

Calcium limestone has been mined in the quarry since the early 1200's. The limestone is approx. 63 million years old and rich in fossils.


Historically Faxe city has turned its back at the industry in the quarry. The industrial retirement in the quarry opens a possibility to turn to a unique landscape and make it an active part of the city. The quarry could now be used as a recreational area. The house will include a natural history museum, two theaters and a café.

In the new cultural hub two conditions meet: the building creates a monumental roof containing  café and cinemas, while the exhibition with its terraced landscape under the roof, has clear references to the quarry. From Faxe city the building provides a gateway to the future cultural landscape with an unobstructed view of the quarry. From the quarry the building with its horizontality and simple form emphasizes the magnificent landscape.

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