Sami Science Center
The guiding idea is simple: building and landscape should coalesce in such a way that the structure’s form and internal layout interrelate with the outdoor space and the surrounding landscape. The building should appear as a bold and forward-gazing interpretation of the Sámi cultural tradition, based on a sensitive acknowledgment of this culture’s attachment to nature, its notion of space and materials, and its symbols. The building is to be a modern center for information and communication that challenges habitual thinking regarding research and education. The building’s distinct function and significance should be recognizable from afar, by way of its form, expression, and situation. The design therefore folds around itself like an animal in this arctic climate with extremely cold temperatures.
The project is a collaboration with landscape architect Bjarne Aasen. Illustrations by MIR and RRA.