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Administration Building for the Governor of Svalbard

Location : Longyearbyen, Spitzbergen, Svalbard
Building type : Multi-purpose building including offices, dwellings, prison etc.
Client : Norwegian Directorate of Public works
Size : 1.900 m2
Schedule : Finished 1998   
Consultants : AS Frederiksen, AS Rasmussen & Strand, Hammersmark & Co AS
Primary architects : Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Christian Dahle

 

The shaping and detailing of this building reflects the physiological and psychological need for protection towards a harsh arctic climate.
Artificially lit snow and ice covering the protective louvers offers a view during the dark period of the year.

 
JARMUND/VIGSNÆS AS ARKITEKTER MNAL