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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.

Arctic Culture Center in Hammerfest, Norway by A-lab

 
February 17th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: A-lab

At the top of Norway, Hammerfest presents itself as the world’s northernmost town and a natural centre of the region. In addition to the proximity to the North Cape, this establishes it as one of the most important tourist destinations in Northern Norway, with over 250.000 visitors each year. The project is a part of the bigger seafront development and is highly visible from both land and sea.

Image Courtesy Luis Fonse(a-lab)

  • Architects: A-lab
  • Project: Arctic Culture Center
  • Location: Hammerfest, Norway
  • Project team: Adnan Harambasic, Geir Haaversen, Odd Klev, Charlie Marsden, Katrine Holm, Luis Fonseca

Image Courtesy Jiri Havran

The goal is to provide new program and architectural characteristics to the site, ensuring an attractive and beautiful town centre, contributing to the development and strengthening of the town’s identity. The program is organized in compact units in such a way that in-between spaces with different degrees of public access are created, and the numbers of public areas are maximized. These social “arenas”, both in and outdoors, connects the Culture Centre to the city of Hammerfest.

Image Courtesy Luis Fonse(a-lab)

The building is an object with a clear signal effect where accessibility, openness and creative, artistic energy is expressed. The foyer of AKS is formalized as a public acclimatized open-space between built masses, connecting the main coastal road (Strandgata) to the quay along the waterline 3 meters below. The urban gesture is repeated throughout the plan, but it has its last (or first) expression in another open-space, the Arctic Arena – an outdoor auditorium. Conceptually Arctic Arena, like the other open spaces in the project connects the street level with the Northern Sea, but it also provides exceptional and unique public space for the city.

Image Courtesy Luis Fonse(a-lab)

The AKS will act as a central venue for art, cultural activities, and conferences. It will also be the first building on the Findus site, and will thus influence further development and redevelopment of the relationship between Hammerfest town centre and the sea.

Image Courtesy Luis Fonse(a-lab)

Image Courtesy Luis Fonse(a-lab)

Image Courtesy Jiri Havran

Image Courtesy Luis Fonse(a-lab)

Image Courtesy Jiri Havran

Image Courtesy Jiri Havran

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