25 April 2024

Second commission confirmed on Norwegian archipelago

Tuckey Design Studio have recently been appointed to overhaul a 3-storey formerly industrial building on Henningsvaer archipelago in the Norwegian arctic circle.

Embracing the threshold between land and sea is the Utvik warehouse, a currently derelict shell dating from 1956, embodying a traditional nautical Norwegian vernacular. The building was previously used for sorting, processing and storing fish caught in the Vestfjorden and is typical of this abrasive architectural typology, foundations locked into uneven geological forms, with small windows and hugging the coast. The client’s brief is to repurpose the neglected edifice into a community centre that supports locals and the ever-increasing tourism influx, with a climbing wall, accommodation, recording studios and multipurpose events spaces.

Our initial proposal seeks to open the plan, cloak the elevations in rhythmic timber cladding, add a series of balconies and improve the relationship between building and undulating topography.

Henningsvaer has seen a sudden increase in visitor numbers over the past few years due to its otherworldly landscape and picturesque setting. Nearby we recently completed Trevarefabrikken hotel and cultural venue which was established to accommodate intrepid travellers from across the globe.

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