CONVERSION OF THREE PUMPSTATIONS ALONG THE SKJERN RIVER
Project text As a result of the restoration of the Skjern River basin in 2002, a vast and rich natural area has arisen, becoming an attractive visitor destination. A framework for the new life of the area has been provided with the rebuilding and extension of three pumpstations, in the form of exhibition spaces, indoor and outdoor viewpoints to look out over the landscape, rooms for the organisation of events, and better accessibility. The extensions and the new interior building elements are mainly simple wooden constructions and reiterate the dimensions and rhythm of the original pumpstations’ concrete relief. This creates a direct link between the old structure and the new, while adding a new material and another texture that is pleasing to the touch. With this detail, the cladding and the main structure become one, reducing the complexity of the building, which is reflected in the budget as well as the final expression. Myhrwold and Rasmussen engineered the original pumpstations from 1966 to be unsentimental and raw in their materiality, and the vertical relief of the concrete façades reminds us of the surrounding ploughed furrows of the fields, and profiles of the soil that control the run of the river. By building on this design, the intention is to strengthen the anchoring of the building in the local history of controlling the lie of the land.
Project information Addresses: North Pumpstation: Langkærvej 11, 6900 Skjern South-East Pumpstation: Bøelvej (no house number), 6880 Tarm East Pumpstation: Vardevej (no house number), 6900 Skjern Client: Ringkøbing-Skjern Kommune Project funded by: Realdania - Stedet Tæller, and LAG-Ringkøbing-Skjern Year of construction: 2015 Gross floor area: 570 m2