- Architects: MORFEUS arkitekter
- Location: Vesterålen, Sortland, Norway
- Lead Architects: Caroline Støvring, Cecilie Wille, Margrethe Rosenlund, Mari Høstmælingen Grennæs
- Area: 260.zero m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Structural Engineer: Ok. Apeland
- Landscape Architect: Aaste Gulden Sakya
- Project Leader: Hugo Fagermo, Norwegian Scenic Routes
- Contractor: VEIDEKKE Entreprenør
Text description supplied via the architects. The web site is positioned alongside the Norwegian Scenic Route Andøya in Northern Norway. Characteristic for the web site is the rock formation of “Bukkekjerka” between the street and the ocean; a secure Sami cultural monument the place nature has carved out an altar and a pulpit. Over the closing 50-60 years, this has been the venue of an annual open-air church provider that pulls other people from in all places the district. In pre-Christian time this was once a sacred web site, the place Sami other people made choices, to which the sacrificial cave at the beach bears witness.
When we first got here to the web site we have been struck via the wonderful thing about where, and via its range; a dramatic panorama the place the fierce North Sea meets the shore and later steep mountains, Sami stories and monuments attached to other portions of the land, remnants of the outdated fishing neighborhood Børvågen, the outdated lighthouses against east, and consecrated floor and distinctive geological formations to the south – all surrounding the rock formation referred to as “Bukkekjerka” – or “Bohkegeargi” in Sami.
We sought after to focus on those other puts via introducing a number of and dispersed parts to the web site. The facility, subsequently, is composed of various parts unfold out within the panorama: Parking and repair purposes to the north, a bonfire via the shore, a free-standing seating bench at the mountain going through the nighttime solar, picnic spaces, paths, and a footbridge that displays the way in which out against the lighthouses. Furthest south is a relaxation space at the consecrated floor. This a part of the power is deliberate for use for an annual open-air church provider in addition to weddings and different gatherings.
The advent of the more than a few parts into the panorama lend a hand discover the inherent qualities of where. Our hope is that those parts are unveiled and skilled steadily, encouraging additional exploration and enjoy of position. The parts are tailored to the prevailing terrain, now not the wrong way round. We have sought after to continue in moderation, but in addition with a boldness that echoes the encompassing panorama.
The major architectural expression is composed of folded concrete slabs, impressed via the jagged mountain peaks within the space. Variations inside of the similar materiality stand up from other purposes, and of their stumble upon with other panorama eventualities. Our purpose was once that the mission must seem extra like panorama and sculptural parts, much less like a construction.
The provider construction with bogs has one-way replicate glass in order that the customer in non-public would possibly benefit from the view over the open sea and the row of mountain peaks within the north. On the outdoor, the replicate glass home windows replicate the magnificent panorama. The construction in a different way is composed of polished, acid-resistant metal that displays the environment. The view from a vernacular Norwegian outhouse is partly the foundation. At the similar time, we’re thinking about mirroring as a phenomenon. The mirroring makes the constructed soften in with the environment, on the identical time providing new and moving stories.
We are more than pleased now that we see all the mission finalized, and that the other parts have develop into as meant and designed. It has now not been handiest simple. The web site is far flung, and climate stipulations have now and then been extraordinarily harsh. A powerful effort has been accomplished via all concerned events. It’s thrilling to peer how the mission is won, particularly via the local people. Andøya is a novel and unique position. Our hope is that the power can be used time and again, via guests and naturally via native citizens.