Tipperne bird sanctuary is a project, that consist of simple instrument-like additions in the landscape, located in the southern part of Ringkøbing Fjord in Denmark. It was implemented by Danish architectural practice Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter in collaboration with Bertelsen & Scheving Arkitekter.
The unique bird sanctuary at the tip of the peninsula in the southern part of Ringkøbing Fjord is an important stopping point for migratory birds and home to Europe’s oldest continuous bird counts. The team of Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter took a challenge to create a group of objects in the landscape, that will provide spaces for humans in Europe’s oldest continuous bird count. The final projects consist of a bird hide, watchtower, workshop, walking routes and a conversion of the Tipper House research station. And although, every building is unique in its own way, together they create a coherent whole.
“The bird hide is a triangular steel structure which acts as a stopping point along a walking trail. The second object, the bird watching tower, was developed throusgh the synthesis of the open, flat wetland geography and dense moisture in the air, and the techniques of a local factory specialising in the production of masts in solid cylindrical iron bars. The workshop building refers to a small local settlement of improvised hunting huts. It is built as a simple timber frame structure stiffened and sealed by 3 mm aluminum plates on the inside of the structure. The last object, the existing Tipper House, has been transformed into a visitor centre and a research station. The building now hosts exhibitions, a multipurpose room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor, a library with work space on the first floor and alcove sleeping areas in the gables,” explained the architects.