AUSSENLANDE

The northern German coast has been long suffering from storms and bad weather, coupled with rising sea levels caused by human-induced climate change, which has exacerbated coastline changes. To protect the habitat, Lahnung and Buhnen were built to smooth the water flow in the Wadden Sea area, thus increasing the sediment deposition in the water. Therefore, the relationship between humans and nature is actually a symbiotic relationship, in which humans protect the coastline as well as themselves.

 

Humans continue to build anti-wave dikes to protect the coastline and obtain land. First, they build anti-wave dikes in front of the dams to deposit sediment in the water. When enough sediment accumulates there, the protection area continues to be built in front of it, allowing sediment to continue to deposit there. Through the continuous construction of anti-wave dikes in the sea, people have continuously transformed the land eroded by the sea from sedimentary fields into tidal flats with plant growth, finally into salt marshes.

 

Likewise, when a new building is placed in this particular natural environment, it is not just a building. It can create new habitats for humans, plants and animals over time. As a result, architecture becomes an interface between humans and nature, as well as an element in the symbiotic system between humans and nature. On the one hand, it provides a system like an anti-wave dike, which means it may continue to grow to acquire more land. On the other hand, the architectural entity can also be viewed as a movable landscape floating in the natural environment. As a result, human activities will no longer be limited to the interior of the building, but penetrate into nature as an element of the system.