HOW DO YOU MAKE A BUILDING THAT HIGHLIGHTS WHAT ASKVOLL HAS TO OFFER – AND A BUILDING THAT CAN AT THE SAME TIME OFFER ASKVOLL EVEN MORE?
What did you want to find out?
I wanted to inspire and give something back to my home village, Askvoll in the region of Sunnfjord – the place that I will always call home. I wanted to explore how I, as an interior designer, can find a way to stimulate and facilitate commercial and social activity in the municipality.
What has inspired you?
I have taken my inspiration from nature and from the different activities that were to take place in one and the same building. How to make them work together. The location has also been an important source of inspiration: the old cannery from 1925 located in the centre of Askvoll. Getting to know the place, and its history and charm that permeates every room. It has inspired me to use its architecture and distinctiveness in my design.
What is the result?
The result is a flexible activity centre in the old cannery. A building that once housed Askvoll’s cornerstone company will once again become important. It will be transformed into a lively house, and it is up to the people to choose which activities will take place there. Positive discussion is the idea, about what small businesses and individuals can contribute. From the dishes cooked, works of art exhibited and courses taught to the offices for hire for entrepreneurs. The design is in keeping with the village’s history and natural surroundings, and of course the factory building itself. It is rough, tough, and at the same time warm and pleasant – like the people of Western Norway.
What significance could this have for society?
I believe that it is incredibly important for people’s wellbeing and quality of life to have a community hub. Such a focal point for the community helps to create a local identity and will then function as a reflection of the village. During the past two years, I have discovered that many small communities around Norway lack such a focal point. I hope that my focus on what the village can give and contribute will provide new inspiration to Norwegian municipalities to highlight the resources that already exist and create something exciting together.