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Saivu / Eriksen Skajaa Architects, Pushak Architects, Bjørbekk & Lindheim Landscape Architects

Saivu / Eriksen Skajaa Architects, Pushak Architects, Bjørbekk & Lindheim Landscape Architects
Saivu Valnesfjord
Saivu Valnesfjord

Eriksen Skajaa Architects, Pushak Architects, and Bjørbekk & Lindheim Landscape Architects shared with us their 1st prize winning design in a competition for new gateways to the Sjunkhatten National Park in Nordland, Norway. The park has a focus on children and the jury found the proposal’s focus on the mythical fit to enrichen children’s experience of nature. It is a dramatic and beautiful landscape close to Bodø in northern norway between fjords and snow covered mountain peaks. More images and architects’ description after the break.

”Saivu” is a sami word for a portal to another world. Based on the myths of the sami people and their understanding of nature, the construction system of their ”lavvo”, and an interpretation of old sami signs, we made the proposals for three gateways to the Sjunkhatten National Park.

national park seen from Vatnvatnet - photo by Tor Egil Kvalnes
national park seen from Vatnvatnet - photo by Tor Egil Kvalnes

The project consists of three separate entrance areas with information boards, toilets, camp-fire places, seating, playgrounds, parking and toilets. There is also a possibility of shelters for sleeping and other activities connected to the separate sites.

the golden information disc
the golden information disc

The main element of the project is the construction system of wood and canvas that will give a common expression to the elements in the park while making it possible to meet the challenges of the different sites. There is also a large horizontal information disk made of gold coated stainless steel. This disk will contain information about the park and can also be used independently of the gateway constructions.

Saivu symbol on a cairn
Saivu symbol on a cairn

Architects: Eriksen Skajaa Architects, Pushak Architects, Bjørbekk & Lindheim Landscape Architects Location: Vatnvatnet, Røsvik and Valnesfjord in Nordland, Norway Status: 1st prize in an invited competition Client: Sørfold, Bodø and Fauske Municipality Program: Three Gateways to the Sjunkhatten ”Children’s” National Park

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Saivu / Eriksen Skajaa Architects, Pushak Architects, Bjørbekk & Lindheim Landscape Architects" 14 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/175859/saivu-eriksen-skajaa-architects-pushak-architects-bjorbekk-lindheim-landscape-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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