‘One of the things I saw on my way was the shell of a pecten jacobaeus (a scallop, Ed.) on a sign symbolising the connection with the Camino de Santiago. This made me feel with my own body that Egholm is part of Europe and part of the world.’
Walking along Hærvejen was her way of getting to know the landscape around Egholm. A place where she would be doing her extensive autumn project in 2020 – together with a group of other students.
Up and down with the water
A few months later, when she had finished the project, she had designed a promenade, a campfire hut, and a shelter for Egholm – each of which in their own way emphasise the place in the specific landscape.
‘The promenade is located on the beach meadow. It moves up and down with the tide and any future sea level rises. It is specifically intended for use by bird watchers. In the campfire hut, groups, e.g. school classes, can gather to collect local ingredients and cook food together. And the shelter has been secured to the trees in a way that allows the tree to move and grow around it,’ Emma explains.
Dense or open
Her respect for the surroundings and the specific location is a recurring theme in Emma’s way of approaching architecture. And part of her preliminary research was spent on theories about the relationship between man and nature, inspired by Hans Fink, Timothy Morton, Mickey Gjerris, and others. Her methods were inspired by ecopedagogy, which urges us to learn simultaneously in, through, and about nature.