The new Wadden Sea Visitor Center in Cuxhaven formally opened its doors on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015. The new permanent exhibition in the modern wood and glass building is offering exciting experiences and views over the surrounding nature.
The new, non-profit UNESCO-world natural heritage Wadden Sea Visitor Center is a multifunctional building with a grand foyer, exhibition space, library, seminar rooms and offices. The architectural concept aims to create a simple but at the same time representative building that pays special tribute to its unique setting on the shore of the North Sea. The elevated, compact structure allows for the maximum permeability of the surrounding nature. The building was planned as a wooden construction, the façade is made up of a natural wood cladding. The materials are carefully chosen to emphasize the harmonic link between the construction and the nature surrounding it. The landscape design strictly adheres to the principle that the unique natural setting of the UNESCO world natural heritage remains intact.
On the inside the main staircase connects the entrance hall with the exhibition space on the ground floor and the first floor. Seminar rooms, the library and the laboratory can be found on the top floor; on the mezzanine the main administrative office are located.
The generous openings in the façade allow stunning views over the Wadden Sea and the landscape. The new permanent exhibition about the UNESCO world nature heritage Wadden Sea and the fascinating natural setting of the visitor center itself serve as the main attractions. The exhibition builds the contextual bridge between the visitors and the Wadden Sea. Being “charged” with knowledge about the Wadden Sea and the role of the UNESCO world nature heritage sites the visitors will not only enjoy the impressive exhibition, but also their stroll around the spectacular landscape. Experiencing and learning are connected in a simple and compelling way.