Zwin Natuur Park, Knokke-Heist

Construction of a touristic and educational nature centre and of a bird observatory for the visitors of the Zwin natural park, in Occidental-Flanders, at the border between Belgium and the Netherlands.

Zwin Natuur ParkThe visitor centre of the Zwin natural park.
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Zwin Natuur ParkStork perches have been installed on the outdoor resting area of the visitor centre.
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Zwin Natuur ParkExhibition hall in the visitor center.
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Zwin Natuur ParkLower part of the exhibition hall.
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Zwin Natuur ParkThe 200-seat multifunctional room with its glazed back wall, behind which one can access the visitor center and the outdoor auditorium.
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Zwin Natuur ParkThe 200-seat multifunctional room as seen from the back.
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Zwin Natuur ParkThe Anatomical theatre, a 90-seat auditorium for lectures and video projections, conceived by the designer Koen Van Synghel, is accessible at the end of the exhibition hall.
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Zwin Natuur ParkThe cafeteria of the visitor centre.
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Zwin Natuur ParkAn all-wood outdoor auditorium above the visitor centre.
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Zwin Natuur ParkPath leading from the visitor centre to the observatory centre,
the second building of the park.
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Zwin Natuur ParkView over the Zwin from the observatory.
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Zwin Natuur ParkThe Listening dune in the Zwin nature park.
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Information Sheet

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Location   Knokke-Heist, Belgium.

Project Cost   5.8 million € (co-funded by the European Union).

Time Frame   Competition 2011. Design 2012-2013. Opening November 2016.

Owner   Province of West Flanders, and the Nature and Forest Agency of the Flemish region, Belgium.

Architect(s)   Coussée & Goris Architecten / GAFPA, Belgium.

Seat Count   A visitor centre with a 90-seat auditorium, a 200-seat multifunctional room, an exhibition space and a cafeteria. A bird observation centre. Outdoor auditorium and resting areas. Total area: 600 m².

Uses   A touristic and educational nature centre aiming at optimising recreation and ecotourism.

Services   Comprehensive acoustic consulting services from design to completion. Soundscaping studies for the Zwinpark.

Team   Thomas Wulfrank, project manager, Kahle Acoustics.

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