Architecture and light: Jektvik Ferry Quay Area

The Jektvik Ferry Quay Area designed by Norwegian architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk is a sustainable landmark. A small, prefabricated building that exploits natural light and the know-how of local tradesmen, glazers and boat builders.

Light is the basic ingredient of this small waiting shelter on the ferry quay of Jektvik, Norway, which sits on the “National Tourist Route” of Helgelandskysten.

Considering the local environmental conditions, namely the long, dark Scandinavian winter just outside the arctic circle, Norwegian architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk designed a small building as a receptacle of daylight that lights up like a lanterna at night.

A pine lath lattice is anchored to the aluminium structure and the interiors are infused with natural light that spills through the translucent fibreglass panels stretched over the lattice. Then, when the interior LED lighting is switched on, the structure turns into a kind of light landmark. The ventilation chamber between the inner skin and the facade acts as insulation to improve climatic comfort and also integrates part of the technical installations. The overhanging roof serves for natural ventilation.

The small, prefabricated building has no architectural barriers and was assembled onsite after being prefabricated offsite, reducing construction times and costs, again confirming that landmark buildings do not necessarily need large sums of money or over-sizing.

Project: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
Manthey Kula (staff in pre-project phase)
 Rickard Riesenfeld, 
Beate Hølmebakk,
 Per Thamsen
Consultants: Siv. ing. Finn-Erik Nilsen (civil engineering), Kristoffer Apeland AS (RIB description), Aalerud Hamar (HVAC), IBR elprosjekt (RIE)
Location: Jektvik, Rødøy – Norway
Year: 2011
Photography: Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

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