Maritime Visitor Center
The unique Norwegian coastline hosts an important aquaculture deeply embedded in the national tradition. The Maritime Visitor Centre design attempts to reinforce the rural fabric to establish a clear relationship with the existing area, and simultaneously, to create a new hub capable of communicating the profound relationship of the local culture with the ocean.
The building emerges as a simple wooden house organized according to the direction of the coastline of Tungevågen harbour. The play of shapes and heights provides a design capable of, at the same time, defining a character and relating to the human scale. The exact location is also the result of the existing roads and trails, wind directions, and topography. The interior reflects the effort of provide a flexible space whose levels of transparency create a storyline. While the lowest level is introverted, the upper one is more extroverted and oriented towards the scenery. The result is an exciting variety of contrasts between the showrooms and circulation spaces.
Illustrations by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter.