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Dønning Community Building / JVA

  • 01:00 - 1 August, 2008
Dønning Community Building / JVA
Dønning Community Building / JVA

Dønning Community Building / JVA Dønning Community Building / JVA Dønning Community Building / JVA Dønning Community Building / JVA +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    8313 Kleppstad, Norway
  • Architects

    Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL
  • Design Team

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjeldrup, Nikolaj Zamecznik
  • Client

    Dønning Youth Society
  • Start Date

    July 2005
  • Site Area

    2,500 sqm
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The old building for the Dønning Youth Society, an independent and local community organization, burnt down December 13th 2004. The new building combines rest facilities and a café for tourists in the tourist season with a community building for the rest of the year.

The site slopes towards the water. The vegetation is low, indicating the harsh local climatic conditions. The building stands on its own, not unlike the big rocks you find scattering the Norwegian landscapes left from glacial activities.

The building is relatively closed, with the central communal space surrounded by supporting functions. The entrance is made visible almost as a big mouth, a clear cut, which reveals the interior. The large glass opening also gives contact with the midnight sun.

The structure is resolved as simple and cost efficient as possible. The exterior is covered in corrugated fiber cement boards. The large openings are covered in wooden paneling, painted brightly red.

The building is completed within a very limited budget defined by a preliminary design by a local builder. Both design and construction was done within one year, and the building was completed as a cooperative effort among the members of the youth society.

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Centor4 · November 04, 2011

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Centor4 · November 04, 2011

Dønning Community Building / JVA

x · June 20, 2009

no insides? what is "comunity building", for everyone and none, comunist idea, that's why is empty, but good design

2MACoff · June 14, 2009

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Tuf-Pak · June 11, 2009

What deity do you have to bribe to get spectacular clouds like that in your photographs?

Holy moley! I've go a beach resort I'd like to shoot shrouded in mist if you can put in a good word for me...

Victoria · June 08, 2009

Is the sheep the key part of the project? jajaja

Nice landscape, nice roof, but I'd like to see more about the inside..


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