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Ferry terminal, Norway by Carl–Vigo Hølmebakk.

Photo credits: Carl–Vigo Hølmebakk.

It is a small and modest building, with a relatively small budget, serving a simple function. Yet its architect, Carl–Vigo Hølmebak, has managed to find an elegant architectural expression that also resonates with its setting.

As far as ferry terminal buildings go, it could hardly be more simple. Yet it is flooded with milky light, an important consideration in Norway, whilst during darkness, it acts a beacon – a symbol of refuge for boats approaching the harbour.

Its primary structure is an aluminium frame. Applied to this is a panel created from a pine lath frame with a fibreglass skin.

This particular type of construction is common in Norway, but in its boat-building industry, rather than in building construction. By using boat building technology, the architect was able to to keep costs down, whilst having the superstructure built off site, to a high degree of of tolerance.

The building has a good degree of insulation, and is naturally ventilated through the use of a clever wall cavity system.

Christopher C. Hill.


Gratitude to Inhabitat.

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