´The Outdoor Amphitheater´ (©) was developed by Biotope, and it is a concept that we keep fine tuning. At the core of this concept is creating an outdoor classroom. Too often nature is something theoretical tought in schools. With this concept we are aiming to make nature experiences easily available for the general public, and in particular school classes and kindergardens. Essentially it is a large nature shelter, with an amphitheater style seating and an exphibition space.
Need a personal retreat in nature? Or maybe you run a guesthouse or lodge, and want to offer something unique to your guests? Spending time in nature is a refreshing and recreational experience. At Biotope we are designing everything from small private off-grid retreats to cabins and even landscape hotels for nature-based tourism businesses.
Biotope have for many years been working closely with nature based tourism businesses. As architects we do not see ourselves as only designers and draftsmen, but we very much enjoy assisting businesses with concept development. We have designed a series of cabins, guesthouses and we are currently working on three landscape hotel´ projects. Understanding the business of hospitality, short term visitors and tourism is important. Biotope have helped businesses develop everything from new nature based products, to designing logos, websites and their visual identity. We want to help our clients make sure everything feels like a coherent experience for a guest, from the first Google search to staying at a nicely designed cabin.
Photos: 1) The Kongsfjord Cliff micro cabin, a public retreat made for the Berlevag community in North Varanger. 2 & 3) Biotope designed Cabins and service building for Ekkerøy Guesthouse in Finnmark, Arctic Norway. Winter landscape and interior view.
Destination development schemes and feasability studies is a key part of Biotope´s work. As an architectural practice we are well known for our small scale pieces of architecture designed to connect people with nature. However Biotope is in many ways a destination developer. Through series of site visits, research and workshops, we develop and create large scale projects aiming to build and promote nature based destinations.
Typically a destination development project starts with producing a feasability study. This often consist of finding the most inspiring sites and design small scale architectural concepts that will highlight the qualities of each site. We look for variety and how we can tell the story of a site or region through unique pieces of architecture.
A destination is anywhere you would travel to spend time. It is more then visiting one building or one single place. A destination is a well thought through place based experience. A clear story that matches the uniqueness of a nature reserve, a region or a community. Biotope have helped build several nature based destinations. Through graphic design, visual identity development, maps, branding, storytelling and finally the architectural approach, we help develop destinations and tell their stories.
Birdwatching tourism or "avitourism" is on the rise. This tourism niché is full of dedicated nature enthusiats with a particular interest in birds. Birdwatchers will travel far and wide to experience unique nature. In fact Birdlife International estimates that 7 million birdwatchers travel internationally every year to birding destinations! Learn more about avitourism and developing a birding destination in this article