One of the biggest challenges in educating people on climate change is that, since it occurs over decades and centuries, it isn't readily visible; that is, until the opening of the Ilulisat Icefjord Centre in Greenland's portion of the Arctic Circle. The Icefjord Centre serves as both a research outpost for climate change scientists and a visitors' center for intrepid, eco-conscious tourists.
Danish studio Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter designed the Icefjord Centre with the aim of providing a panoramic view of the rugged glacial landscape without having the building itself obstruct Ilulisat's natural beauty. To fulfill that goal, Dorte Mandrup implemented wood decks and sharply angled, low-profile lines that subtly rise from the ground.
The views at the Icefjord Centre are undeniably beautiful, yet tragic; people can now literally watch as climate change takes it toll on the glaciers beyond.