After leaving Norway to study in England, I have learned a lot about architecture from all over the world – really important buildings indeed, but i feel sort of outdated when it comes to Norwegian architecture. Therefor, I decided to have a look at some projects that inspires me from back home, so that I won’t forget where i am from….
First out is the new fire station in my own city, Bergen, by Stein Halvorsen Arkitekter. Here is a building with great architectural qualities, but because it is not open for regular visitors, as for example a concert hall, it becomes sort of a distant object that is “just there”.
The building sits on a site next to the main thoroughfare in to the city. It is slightly arched and enclosing a large space open towards the water. Offices and all other facilities appear as hovering over a large garage that occupies the whole ground floor.
The part of the fire station facing the road is clad in standing seam copper with a brown-red coulour, working well with the larch clad facade facing inwards to the more private enclosed space.
For Norwegian readers more work by the architects can be found here