TYIN tegnestue has teamed up with rintala eggertsson architects to complete a unique workspace in northern norway. ‘fordypningsrommet fleinvaer’ is the vision of håvard lund, a jazz musician and composer who acquired the site in 2004. ‘initially it was meant as a workplace for myself, a writing lodge of sorts,’ explains lund. ‘as time went on, I felt an urge, a need, to share what I had found on fleinvær with others. I wanted to create a workspace unlike anything else in the world.’

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
at the top of the hill, the architects created a modern interpretation of the traditional storehouse
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com (also main image)

 

 

years later, håvard lund presented his vision to TYIN tegnestue who in turn sought the expertise of sami rintala of fellow norwegian firm rintala eggertsson architects. the team then set about designing a workspace where musicians, artists, and other creatives could rent rooms for a range of different timespans. the two practices worked alongside håvard lund as well as students and volunteers who were instrumental in realizing the project.

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
the building has been designed as a place of immersion and reflection
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com

 

 

in order to gain a full overview of the lot, the architects began by carrying out a three-dimensional scan of the site, conducted in corporation with architecture students from NTNU (norwegian university of science and technology). so as not to disturb the isle’s rugged beauty, the design team decided to construct smaller volumes elevated above above the ground. ‘we have taken care to inflict as few wounds as possible on fleinvær,’ says sami rintala. ‘we achieve this in part by making good pathways, spaces between the houses, and a common fireplace. this steers traffic away from the isles more sensitive areas.’

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
the project comprises a series of volumes, which step down the hill towards the sea
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com

 

 

the project comprises a series of volumes, which step down the hill towards the sea. visitors arriving by boat are greeted with a sauna that hovers above the water. a former waiting room in the old docks has been refurbished to accommodate overnight guests, while four small sleeping units are found further up the hillside. two of these are short and wide with twin beds, with the other two each containing two bunk beds. a pathway leads through these lodges towards the concert room and the canteen.

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
the structure at the top of the hill is enclosed in a steel skeleton
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com

 

 

‘the foundations are minimized, and consist of steel columns curved at 15 degrees angles,’ explains yashar hanstad of TYIN tegnestue. ‘we found that at this particular angle, they hit the ground well regardless, given the possibility of height-wise adaptations to the terrain. in this way we were able to achieve precise pointed foundations without major interference with the ground.’

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
a pathway leads through the structures towards the concert room and the canteen
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com

 

 

at the top of the hill, the architects created a modern interpretation of the sami people’s traditional storehouse — the njalla. built on the trunk of a chopped tree, the structure is enclosed in a steel skeleton, which was pre-made in trondheim by arnt waaberg (an old friend of lund and the project’s practical consultant) and NTNU students. sitting atop a pillar, the building — which has been designed as a place of immersion and reflection — offers sweeping views of the site and the norwegian sea beyond.

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
four small sleeping units are embedded into the hillside
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com

 

 

‘the building teams hard work and dedication has been crucial in completing this project,’ says sami rintala. ‘håvard lund’s uncompromising and positive enthusiasm has also been a driving force in this. ruben stranger [artist and a childhood friend of håvard] and andy devine [australian architect who visited norway to experience the arctic winters] should be mentioned by name. these two have given it their all. these factors have made a tangible reality from our drawings.’

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
visitors arriving by boat are greeted with a sauna that hovers above the water
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
students and volunteers were instrumental in realizing the project
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
recycled materials have been used throughout the scheme 
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
four small sleeping units are found further up the hill
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com

TYIN tegnestue rintala eggertsson
visitors can rent the spaces for a range of different timespans
photo: pasi aalto / pasiaalto.com

 

 

project info:

 

name: fordypningsrommet fleinvaer
location: fleinvær, gildeskål kommune, norway
client: håvard lund
project: rent out artist residency
cost: 6.000.000 NOK
building period: may 2013 – january 2017
area: 123 sqm
architects: sami rintala, andreas g. gjertsen, yashar hanstad, dagur eggertsson
professionals: hanmo (welding), tømrer stangvik (carpentry), andrew devine (carpentry), ruben stranger (carpentry), harboe leganger (engineer)
students: annika persch andersen, simen aas, thea hougsrud andreassen, edouard bernard, camille boudeweel, claudia calvet gomez, steinar hillersøy dyvik, sophie galarneau, william gibson, henrik pfeiffer, elise aunet tyldum, espen strandmyr eide, aurora schønfeldt larsen, kim stroh, erik hadin, anna van der zwaag, sara lipinska, harald seljesæter, tuva andersen, julia kolacz, mats heggernæs, anne-margrethe lothe, ulrikke schønfeldt, anette morvik roberstad, fredrik asplin, jan fredrik holmestrand, alberto reques, sara kamilla wik, edwina brisbane, adrian aressønn norwich, james dugdale, marek lepiochin, odin ardach, marie norum, tyra mathilde marsteng, theodor braatøy, jana mentges, simone marusi, pilou passard, quentin desveaux, rahel haas, ninni westerholm, ambra aliraj, sebastià mercadal, ingrid stenvik larsen, anna maragno, martin boullay, eirik skårdalsmo, even egholm fuglestad, matilde sundquist, silva marie eikaas, elisabeth zachries, benoît perrier, martin barrère, julie huseby, agathe ledoux, ossian quigley berg, roger escorihuela, emmanuel banda
workshop teachers: sami rintala, andreas g. gjertsen, yashar hanstad, dagur eggertsson, carla carvalho, pasi aalto, kata palicz
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