Contextual Approach Although having the intention of creating a local landmark, it has been essential to integrate the proposal into the existing social, architectural and natural context.
In the previous chapters, the idea of unsympathetic modern architecture has been underlined. Not only have some of the modern architecture of the city been rendered as â€˜monumentally uglyâ€™ [Cornwallis, G., Swaney, D., 2001], but also lacking any consideration to the social and environmental context in which they were placed [Sejersen, 2015; Barfoed, 2016]. However, more succesfull examples can be seen. Such examples are the Katuaq Culture Centre designed by Schidt Hammer Lassen, as well as the local Swimming Pool by KHR Arkitekter and Tegnestuen Nuuk. In order to propose a design that is, at the same time, emblematic for the city and integrated into the existing context, a mood-board showcasing different architectural principles has been set up. While looking at the existing commercial architecture of the city, it is easy to observe the collective desire of fitting into the modern world. Regardless of the harsh climatic conditions of the Arctic region, modern glazed architecture can be seen erecting from the stony grounds.
Moreover, the simplistic lines defined in the Sweedish log house which is replicated thoroughly within Nuuk, have been replaced by organic shapes. However, when moving away from the center of the city, one finds himself facing simplistic block-like colorful dwellings. The typology is not only typical of single family housing, but also of residential blocks, as seen in the moodboard placed aside.
Architecture and Design Master's Thesis Proposal