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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Saivu in Nordland, Norway by Eriksen Skajaa Architects + Pushak Architects + Bjørbekk & Lindheim Landscape Architects

October 14th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Eriksen Skajaa Architects + Pushak Architects + Bjørbekk & Lindheim Landscape Architects

1st prize in a competition for new gateways to the Sjunkhatten National Park. Nordland, Norway.

”Saivu” is a sami word for a portal to another world. Based on the magic realism of the sami people and their understanding of nature, the construction system of their ”lavvo”, and an interpretation of old sami signs, we made the proposals for three gateways to the Sjunkhatten National Park. The park has a focus on children and the jury found the proposal’s focus on the mythical fit suitable to enrichen children’s experience of nature.  It is a dramatic and beautiful  landscape close to Bodø in northern norway between fjords and snow covered mountain peaks.

The golden information disc

The project consists of three separate entrance areas with information boards, toilets, camp-fire places, seating, playgrounds, parking and toilets. There is also a possibility of shelters for sleeping and other activities connected to the separate sites.

The main element of the project is the construction system of wood and canvas that will give a common expression to the elements in the park while making it possible to meet the challenges of the different sites. There is also a large horisontal information disk made of gold coated stainless steel. This disk will contain information about the park and can also be used independently of the gateway constructions.


Bridge in vulnerable nature

Saivu Valnesfjord

Photo of the national park seen from Vatnvatnet (Images Courtesy Tor Egil Kvalnes)

Saivu symbol on a cairn

Saivu Røsvik

Saivu Røsvik

Construction detail

Plan of the Valnesfjord Gateway

Plan of the Vatnvatnet Gateway

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