Stedet Tæller X

Stedet Tæller X

In an island-shaped landscape, passages, pockets, a shelter, hiding places and vantage points are created to tell the story of the magnificent nature of Slivsø.


Stedet Tæller X


Naturstyrelsen - Sønderjylland


Competition win

Time span



Slivsø, Denmark


164 Ha


Landscape, Culture, Nature, Learning


6.9 mio dkr

Partner in charge:

Mads Rudi Lassen

PAX Team:

Thomas Bossel

Mathias Kruse Jakobsen

Andrea Margadji

Mathias Brockdorff


PAX Architects


PAX Architects


PAX Architects



Ny Carlsbergfondet

Slivsø has a beautiful and characteristic nature. The landscape shaped in the Ice Age is magnificent, and the story of Slivsø’s unique history deserves to be told in this very unique setting.

As you find yourself around the new path - between the edge of the forest and the grasses of the lakeside - the nature is experienced in a beautiful and present way, leaving an impression that anything can happen - and that nothing can happen.

We propose that the two neighbouring planting types – the forest edge and the meadow – are brought closer to each other and intensified. This forms spaces and pockets in the landscape, in the natural “kiss” of the two plating types, and ties all the functions of the area together.

Small paths connect the space and pockets in between the vegetation, which are programmed for play and recreation. The amphi-plaza is identified by a precise circle that draws attention to the fact that you have reached a special place. Around the circular plaza, tall grasses create landscaped spaces that invite both large and small gatherings to stay and play.

We want to create:

- defined landscape spaces for experience and socializing by intensifying the edge of the forest and the lakeshore.

- biodiversity using native plants and trees.

- buildings and landscape-furniture made of wood, preferably recycled.

- a new vantage point that embraces the existing pump-house, which is gently renovated, without the use of paint and other unnecessary measures.

- a pump-house with many furnishing options.

- an open and inviting pavilion, which can be closed off if needed - entirely or partly.

The pump house

A new light and elegant pavilion structure is added around the existing pump house. Via a sitting stair, the visitor can move up to the roof of the existing pump house, offering a great experience of the surroundings from a new perspective. The internal spatiality of the pump house can be closed off with shutters and sliding doors, so that the amount of natural daylight can be regulated as needed.

Landscape strategy/

1) Today, the landscape lacks defined and intimate spaces. The new buildings and the square are carefully placed on the site and underpin the qualities of nature.

2) The forest edge and the lakeside flora intensify so that they “kiss” each other, thus creating new spatiality's that define both the square and landscape pockets in their meeting.

3) The main connection flanks the new pump house pavilion and dribbles through the "amphi-plaza" (the junction point). Between the landscaped islands, along the lake shore, soft paths emerges for engagement and exploration.

The old pump house is surrounded by a wooden light structure, ensuring the brick walls of the past to stand out as an “as found object”. The open space around the brick core allows for various ways of arranging furniture.

Shutters can close off the pavilion if needed. As well doors in the entire facade can all be open - transforming the space to an open pavilion in direct connection with the stunning nature.

The interior is characterized by the old pump house made of red bricks and the new wooden structure embracing it. We want the past to have a voice, therefore the old brick walls are being gently renovated by small interventions, treating it like a piece of furniture inside the pavilion.

Follies for exploration

What the new building structures - follies - at Slivsø have in common is their ability to embrace the qualities of the surrounding nature. Whether it’s the view of Slivsø, the stars in the sky at night or the crowns of the trees, the structures open up and create interesting experiences of nature up close. All the building structures are made of wood, with visible carpentry constructions and claddings - the beautiful craftsmanship is celebrated and the shapes and element of exploration are repeated on all the follies.

In transformation projects poetry emerges from the cohesion of old and new - past and present - this is where the most interesting spaces are derived from.

The area is characterized by its beautiful flora of the meadow and lake shore, which we propose to intensify. A raised wooden deck wraps around the house, forming the framework for a space between outside and inside allowing the visitors to stody and enjoy the plants. The wooden deck offers the opportunity to stay and study and at the same time functions as a bench “floating” above the sloping landscape.

Siteplan/ The area for the site is divided into smaller zones, which are framed by the edge of the forest and the planting along the lake shore. Small paths connect the spaces, which are programmed for play and learning. The platform is already a unique place to stay today. This is being emphasized by creating a wooden deck along the edge of the plateau, thus the visitor has a better opportunity to lie down and look down into the water.

The pavilion is situated right on the lake shore ensuring great views to the landscape from the inside of the pavilion as well from the deck and viewing platform on top.

The old pump house is surrounded by a wooden light structure, ensuring the brick walls of the past to stand out as an “as found object".

Contextual section