bands multi-purpose facility transforms coastline heritage site in norway bands multi-purpose facility transforms coastline heritage site in norway
jun 25, 2015

bands multi-purpose facility transforms coastline heritage site in norway

bands multi-purpose facility transforms coastline heritage site in norway
above image © jonas aarre sommarset 




kleivan is a small town on norway’s lofoten islands. located north of the polar circle, even in its prime the place was little more than a fishing village. representing a bi-gone era, three buildings still exist on the village’s quay: a fisherman’s cottage, cod liver oil production plant, and a cod salting building. dating back to the early 1800s, the structures showcase a lifestyle that is likely never to exist in the same way again. due to their historical significance, all three have been listed in the cultural heritage plan for lofoten by nordland county in 2007.

bands scarcity & creativity studio AHO kleivan norway designboom
seating area and sauna  
image © jonas aarre sommarset 




students of the scarcity and creativity studio from the oslo school of architecture and design were asked, ‘to improve the use of these protected buildings; by creating a melting point which will provide activity and social life to increase the use of the quay, and make it more pleasant for visitors, artist groups, locals and summer tourists.’ their answer comes in the form of ‘bands’, a multi-purpose facility that forms a sensitive relationship with the landscape and water.

bands scarcity & creativity studio AHO kleivan norway designboom
the north side sets directly upon the water 
image © maria årthun




the name comes from the basic organization of the project, which can be described as three independent ‘bands’, or strips, that run parallel to the waterfront. all functions are built into folds and directional changes of the lines, separating the whole into four sections. in the north, the deck emerges directly from the water. from there, they move jaggedly up to the main level; home to a long seating area, sauna, and terrace/rest area.


video by matteo lomaglio




the sauna is created by independent folds in all three layers of the ‘bands’. shifts and offsets allow for the creation of the walls, roof, and uniquely-shaped windows to let light inside. ‘bands’ provides possibilities to visitors including: a quiet place for a fire, barbecues and get togethers, fishing, fish cleaning, and other traditional activities common in the town. the project was completed under the supervision of christian hermansen, solveig sandness and marcin wojcik.

a taller section (furthest right) functions as a fish cleaning table 
image © jonas aarre sommarset 

deck area 
image © maria årthun 

bands scarcity & creativity studio AHO kleivan norway designboom
view from the sauna 
image © jonas aarre sommarset

bands scarcity & creativity studio AHO kleivan norway designboom
sauna interior 
image © jonas aarre sommarset 

the project gives the quay a renewed sense of importance and purpose 
image © jonas aarre sommarset 

bands scarcity & creativity studio AHO kleivan norway designboom
view from the ‘bands’ 
image © mathilde azriel 

kleivan, lofoten islands, norway
iamge © mathilde azriel

construction site from break wall 
image © maria arthun

bands scarcity & creativity studio AHO kleivan norway designboom
kleivan from above 
image © jonas aarre sommarset 



project info: 


leaders: christian hermansen, solveig sandness, marcin wojcik
students: tommy degerth, emiel vercruysse, michelle schneider, ines bendelac, jon mannsåker, anna rosa strassegger, ida helene holm mjelde, miguel saludas, sigrid bergitte gilberg, marianna laurila, lodewijk luken, matteo lomaglio, maria årthun, une tangen rekstad, eline egeland, irene de santos sanz, bruguers gallego-guiu, mathilde azriel, matteo grometto, thea andrea jetmundsen, jonas aarre sommarset, kristine skarphol
sponsors: villa lofoten, lofoten turistsenter, kleivan havbruk, artist kjetil berge, vest-lofoten videregaaende skole, lyngmo gaardssag, byggservicenord AS, XL-BYGG lofoten, vink norway AS, vemundvik termoglass AS 



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edited by: nick brink | designboom 

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