WAN 21 for 21 Award winner Rintala Eggertsson Architects designs range of coastal structures for SALT festival
This weekend a small island in Norway’s Arctic Circle saw the opening of SALT, a major arts and design festival intended to bring attention to the important role Norway has played in design history. Often overshadowed by its Scandinavian neighbour Denmark, Norway has produced seminal talents such as the 19th century painter Edvard Munch and today’s architectural standout Snøhetta.
Featured at SALT are several monumental structures including one of the world’s largest saunas capable of seating 250 people and a massive architectural piece inspired by traditional Norwegian fishehjeller, designed by WAN 21 for 21 Award winner Rintala Eggertsson Architects. Monumental in scale, the SALT structures are inspired by these traditional fish racks found along the north Norwegian coastline that for centuries have been used to dry fish for stockfish production.
Designed with the utmost flexibility, these structures are reconfigurable and easily transportable, and can be used in other locations of differing terrains. The main structure can be constructed as one long element or as several smaller structures, each having a function of its own. At this location on the white sand beaches of the island of Sandhornøy, there are three separate structures; one for concerts, the second containing a restaurant and the third housing a sauna.
In addition to the SALT structures, Rintala Eggertson Architects has been commissioned by the municipality to design a permanent service building for the festival that can serve hikers after the event concludes. This main building, which is permanent and constructed using Corten Steel, is called Pepper, and offers an alternative aesthetic and feel to the temporary Salt structures.
The SALT festival is expected to host visitors from all over the world. At the event’s conclusion, the festival will travel for the next two years across the northernmost part of the world, making stops in Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Spitsbergen, Alaska and Russia.
SALT will be open to the public until 6 September 2015.