A new sami academy is one of the main projects to strengthen and develop the sami culture in Norway. It is located in Guovdageaidnu, a sami village of 2000 people. The area is arctic and has the characteristics of the tundra.
2 questions gave direction to our design:
The shape of the building expresses a very contextual approach. First of all the building is kept as low as possible, floating down, grounded, horizontal, following the three terraces of the site. Each floor is different from the other, avoiding the “alienation” of multiplying the ground floor in storeys. The north façade is protecting against cold winds and the south façade is letting the low sun deep into the building.
Secondly the organisation of the spaces is informal a related to landscape. The interior is a landscape with a canyon, a rock, a cave and terraces. Could using an understanding of sami culture as standing point be a renewal of the institution as such?
The shape of the building expresses a contextual approach.
Project: New Sami Academy Building
Commission: Invited competition
Landscape: Nilsen Landskap, Oslo
Size: 20 000 m2
Status: Competition entry