Parliament for the Sami people / Stein Halvorsen Arkitekter

Hector Peldoza shared with us this set of pictures of the Sametinget parliament by Stein Halvorsen AS and Christian Sundby architects MNA (1998-2000).

The Sámi Parliament building is situated on a ridge above the Karasjok town centre, on a noticeable terrace on the hillside, 35 metres above today’s alluvial plain. Surrounding the building is a landscape comprised of pinetrees and natural vegetation. Elements such as the concrete and grey colour of the larch panelling allow the building to blend in with the surrounding nature. The plenary meeting hall’s oblique conical form, on the edge of a steep incline, is however easily visible – even from the town centre of Karasjok.

The architects Stein Halvorsen and Christian Sundby won the architecture contest that was sponsored by the Norwegian government (Statsbygg) in 1995. A parliament in general has political importance, but also has nation building and identity significance. These were some of the intentions of the contest, where the programme stated that the architect should contribute so that “The Sámi Parliament appears in a dignified way” and “reflects Sámi architecture.” It was requested that architectural tradition should be the basis for this monumental building.

The Sámi Parliament building houses more functions than merely political and administrative – for instance premises for the Sámi Trade and Industry and a specific Sámi library.

Cite: "Parliament for the Sami people / Stein Halvorsen Arkitekter" 08 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Erling

    Loving every bit. Done with carefull reference to the sami people.
    Great to see the use off untreated wood.

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  • Troy Lemieur

    Impressive detailing.

  • Richie

    Great timber work.

  • allan

    I wish the photographer showed more of what the space looks like, instead of just detail shots. the section appears as beautifully detailed as the lumber and lighting treatment. I just wish those spaces were shown!

  • Hector Peldoza

    It`s possible to see more photographies in this website


  • Jordan S.

    I dig this

  • Jay

    Inspiring, haven’t seen this one in a while, loved it the moment I saw it.

  • courbusier

    really really brilliant!! the designer should be psychopath!

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  • Soa Kim

    Excellent without any exception.