SLA is behind the local activity space and storm surge protection surrounding Klimatorium – a climate research hub on the harbor front of Lemvig.

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Karsten Thorlund

Head of SLA Aarhus, Partner, Architect MAA


Lemvig, Denmark


4,000 m2


2018 — 2020


Lemvig Vand og Spildevand, Lemvig Kommune


Lead landscape architect

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Klimatorium is a new innovative ‘mini-hub’ for research concerning storm surges, water, and climate change on the Danish west coast. We have designed the surrounding public facilities and recreational spaces, giving opportunities to experience, sense, and access the fjord and the unique nature of Lemvig.

SLA’s landscape design continues our storm surge protection project on the harbourfront of Lemvig. It combines coastal protection and climate communication with attractive, green urban spaces, a multi-sports court, and an active ‘water and climate playground.’ Creating value for visitors and local residents throughout the day, in summer, and in winter.

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The landscape surrounding Klimatoriet is part of an extensive transformation of Lemvig harborfront, where the quay is tied together, and pedestrians get new opportunities to move along the dock near the water. SLA’s green design secures the area while functioning as a transitional landscape between the city of Lemvig, its industrial harbor, and green coastal stretches.

The design is a result of SLA’s unique multi-disciplinary approach and our exhaustive interdisciplinary research into the area’s wind, weather, and microclimatic conditions, as well as the needs, wants, and rhythms of the local community.

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The landscape combines the urging need for handling rising sea levels, stormwater, and cloudburst with various recreational urban functions. We have created an area that functions as an expo landscape for visitors of Klimatorium and a green public space consisting of hardy native trees and planting. The plants create a pleasant microclimate and much-needed shelter from the harsh winds of the Danish west coast.

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“We use the Climate Corridor to showcase how to use nature-based design to climate-proof our cities, while adding a whole new layer of nature experiences and activities. The planting consists of hardy native species, and the trees are planted to optimize microclimate and provide active spaces for water playgrounds, ball games, parkour and other sport activities. The flood control is fully integrated into the public space, so that it doesn’t seperate the city from the sea but on the contrary strengthens its connection to the water. ”

— Karsten Thorlund, Head of SLA Aarhus
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