The Norveg Coast Cultural Center, located in the Municipality of Rørvik, stands as a lighthouse representing the Norwegian coastal culture through the ages.
The design concept, 3 sails leaning against a modern vessel, is
Inspired by the long tradition for fishing combined with the latest
in the boat-building industry. An afterdeck completes the concept
of the ship heritage.
The organization follows the architectural elements. The spine of the building, the main central vessel or hull, houses the administration, the kitchen, and technical parts.
The big block on one side, symbolizing the shore the ship is docked to, contains the multimedia and concert/auditorium space.
The coast-cultural exhibition, also designed by Gudmundur Jonsson, is located on the afterdeck. The exhibition, "The country with the big sea outside", tells Norway's coastal history through the last 10,000 years.
Because of the severe coastal climate the choice of materials
was very important. The sails are Alucobond because of its
endurance, the main building is concrete, cast by horizontal
formwork boards to allude the ship. The afterdeck walls are covered
with wooden boards, specially impregnated to resemble the old
The building was nominated for the European Union Mies van der
Rohe Award 2005. The primary objective of the prize is to recognize
and comment works of contemporary architecture that are
characterized by their conceptual, aesthetical and technical
Facts about Coast-Cultural Center
1,703.7 m2 (+stairs, barge and terrace)
Vikna Municipality for the Woxeng Collections
Last updated: December 13, 2012