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Tautra Monastery / JSA

  • 01:00 - 4 June, 2008
Tautra Monastery / JSA
Tautra Monastery / JSA

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tautra, Midsund, Norway
  • Architects

    Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
  • Project Architects

    Jan Olav Jensen (pl), Børre Skodvin, Siri Moseng, Torstein Koch, Anne Lise Bjerkan, Kaja Poulsen, Torunn Golberg, Martin Draleke, Aslak Hanshuus
  • Design Period

  • Client

    Cistercian nuns, Mississippi abbey
  • Budget

    6.000.000 EURO (US $9.27 millions)
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The project is situated on Tautra island in Trondheimsfjorden. It is a new monastery for 18 nuns, complete with a small church and all the facilities needed to make a living, as areas for production and so on.

The original programme has been reduced with around 30% by eliminating almost all the corridors in the project. This has been possible by analyzing the way the monastery works. Usually all the nuns are assembled together when in one of the four important rooms. 

That means these rooms can also act as "corridors" and traffic area. Most of the rooms occur only once and have very different requirements.

This also implies that there is need for both some architectural freedom for each room, and for daylight to each room as the main layout is horizontal. 

Therefore the project consists of a system of different sized rooms that are connected in the corners and have courts between them, all together seven gardens.

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DoorandWindowParts · August 11, 2012

This Norwegian monastery has one of the most gorgeous ceiling structures we&#39ve ever seen--lets so much light in!

Marcos · July 27, 2012

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El semillero urbano · July 27, 2012

Tautra Monastery / JSA

Rosalind · July 21, 2012

so beautiful

Gastón Rojas · December 02, 2010

Tautra Monastery / JSA | ArchDaily vía @archdaily la madera siempre es una buena opción

scott · July 27, 2009

Look at the 2th picture ,i have never seen so beautiful sence ,it is for the GOD!

Pierre · November 30, 2008

Wrong link, here is the correct one,

Pierre · November 30, 2008

Two links.

One on the house,

and to our site,

Maya Jordan from DeZona · June 05, 2008

Good work! Since I saw the chirch of arch. Richard England, I am looking to find interesting modernistic interpretations on religious theme. If you like this topic, too, check the project of C18 architects:


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