This thesis project investigates how architecture can influence the transition of the Danish agricultural landscape to a land of forestry; supporting the learnings of the forester and how to connect and combine private and public functions to create better platforms for engagement of local initiatives and engagement with the forests.
Trees are like growing preachers. As they stand still in solitude or in forests humans have witnessed their holiness, their silence and their magnitude. When a tree is felled it reveals its years, its scars, struggles, sickness, suffering, happiness; all of which are inscribed into the narrow rings of its trunk. Trees have informed and impacted our culture and served as a paramount natural resource for our architecture, culture and survival. Without them we would not exist.
“A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasurable.”
— Louis Kahn
This quote has become an important reminder to my practice as a student as it acts as a catalyst for discovering topics and values in a project. It has helped me to elevate my understanding of architecture and has lead me to my thesis project of creating an observatory for forestry that addresses both the functional aspects as well as the ethical embodiment of the building in its surroundings. The progressing demand for wood and timber on a national scale also speaks to the need for more local knowledge based practices and the demands for jobs and educational facilities. For the development of this project the privately owned estate of Højriis on Morsø has been chosen as a site to explore ways of how this observatory platform can work in extension to support the learnings of the forestry education and how it can work to include different types of visitors who may also want to use the forest for recreational purposes and to expose the work of the forester so that we may create more sustainable and attractive forests.