How does one design a building that will one day potentially be taken over by sand dunes? How can one work with the natural dynamics of the dunes, accepting and welcoming their arrival instead of resisting?
The thesis finds its roots in the acute need for a programmatic and architectural redefinition of the 100 year old Youth Meeting and Education Centre Puan Klent on the German island Sylt. It thereby aims to create a new synergy between children and scientists temporarily living and researching on the site, located within the UNESCO World Nature Heritage area of Wadden Sea. Their commonality is the demand to both feel at home and feel nature, whereby the space and program change and adapt to the two different seasons. Due to the institution’s close connection to the city of Hamburg, the existing brick walls carry more than a structural significance. It is about preserving the historically grown and intangible value of the place while adapting to an alternative treatment of nature that is necessary to ensure the survival of the island in climate change. The project investigates an architectural concept that grows out of the structural and programmatic identity, new landscape program and memory of the place.