reiulf ramstad architects: barents house, kirkenes
reiulf ramstad architects: barents house, kirkenes reiulf ramstad architects: barents house, kirkenes
aug 26, 2009

reiulf ramstad architects: barents house, kirkenes

barentshouse, kirkenes by reiulf ramstad architects image courtesy reiulf ramstad architects




reiulf ramstad architects have released plans for their sky high barents house project. the artic town of kirkenes is the hub of regional relations between norway and russia. the barents house will mirror the diverse interchange that is taking place between the two nations and symbolize innovation and open possibility. wood and timber play an important role in the culture and traditions of both nations. therefore the concept was to create a signal edifice out of wood. the result will be the tallest building in the world (constructed of wood); a multi- functional, architecturally innovative structure that constitutes a pilot project regarding the use of wood in the buildings of tomorrow.


the building will function as a lighthouse for the development of the barents region and the regional border cooperation in the north. it will include a number of facilities, among them a library, a theater and a creative environment for artists, researchers, students and other relevant institutions. the norwegian barents secretariat, the international barents secretariat and the barents institute will of course also have their offices in the building.

barentshouse, kirkenes image courtesy reiulf ramstad architects

barentshouse, kirkenes image courtesy reiulf ramstad architects



project info:


location: kirkenes, norway program: a center for cultural and innovative interchange between russia and norway. client: the norwegian barents secretariat size: 10,000 sqm commission type: invited ideas competition 2009 1st prize status: ideas project completed year: 2009

  • what a nice concept idea behind the building; “cultural bridges”. but when i see the first picture, i guess no one cares about uniform appearance in this beautiful traditional town, kirkenes. too bad!


    why we need to build more in the world, in place that some years ago was alone.
    This is another sad example

    vido says:

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