Zwin Visitor Centre Knokke-Heist, Belgium, 2011
Zwin Nature Centre
The Province of West Flanders in cooperation with the Flemish Region’s Agency for Nature and Forests (ANB)
Zwin Nature Reserve, 8301 Knokke-Heist
2010 - 2011
Robbrecht en Daem architecten
in collaboration with Vogt Landscape Architects & VK Engineering
Kobe Van Praet
The six separate pavilions requested for the new visitor centre were linked together to form a single horizontally articulated meandering storey.
This cluster (including a pavilion for nature education, a ‘Zwinshop’, a cafeteria, rooms for one-day seminars, and caretakers' accommodation) is located with precision throughout the woodland vegetation at the edge of the Zwin Park, Zwin Flats and the Kleyne Vlakte.
As one walks through the building, an (interactive) dialogue arises between the information provided inside and the natural surroundings outside.